Thursday, September 26, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Insomnia, itching and books
• Does itching cause insomnia? Does insomnia make you itch?
Both of them work for me recently.
I’ve always “suffered” from insomnia. I remember being fussed at by my mother even as a child because my lamp would be on and I’d be reading a book at 3 a.m. Needless to say, I didn’t have a Kindle then, so Mama always saw my light.
The late, beloved Mr. Freddie (DeBardeleben) and I often compared notes on insomnia -- each of us trying to convince the other that our insomnia was the worst. Neither of us ever did.
My generally healthy self never worried much about insomnia, as now I do have a Kindle and my Mama can’t tell me to turn my light off anymore anyway. When I’m awake in the early A.M. hours, I read to my heart’s content.
Then my generally healthy self got sick, had to take massive amounts of antibiotics, stepped on a nail and had to take even more antibiotics and broke out in a hideous rash on my chest.
Now, when I wake up in the middle of the night, even after taking Benadryl, I wake up itching -- and scratching. I’ve discovered I can’t read or play solitaire (on my Kindle, of course) if I’m itching. I also can’t even remotely go back to sleep.
I finally went back to the doctor and she gave me a shot and some prescriptions and I went home happy. I slept Wednesday and Thursday nights without itching also.
But, this past Sunday night I woke up again at 2:30 a.m. and spent the rest of the night in misery, which made me break down and go see Dr. Hawkins -- again.
She gave me another shot and some more prescriptions and told me to not scratch anymore -- again.
Monday night I slept the entire night and didn’t really even itch when I got up at my regular 5 a.m.
Tuesday, as I write this, I’m not itching badly, although I do have to say my hands itch.
Isn’t there an old wives’ tale that if your hands itch, you’re going to come into money?
Maybe I need to buy a lottery ticket?
• Going to the library when I was a kid was a treat. I always needed a new book to sneak and read in the middle of the night.
I love mysteries (and science fiction and romance and history and scary stuff, etc., etc., etc.)
I didn’t like children’s books very long. And the library in Memphis, Tenn., wouldn’t let me check out grown-up books.
Luckily, my dad liked to read also! He checked books out for me for years.
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