November 18, 2001

Here I am suffering through another sleepless night. Being jolted awake every hour and half is enough to drive a person to drink! I wish someone from that special group of people called doctors would tell me why this is happening to me. Why when I am sleeping does my body produce this surge of adrenaline? When I get jolted awake my legs are crawling so badly that I cannot keep them still. My only solution is to get up and pace.

Pacing is becoming more difficult. The pain in my Achilles Tendons has been excruciating. Last night I got jolted awake. I did what I always do;  crawled out of bed and started pacing around the house. To my horror, as I was making my way from the living room to the dining room my legs actually gave out on me. It was the strangest feeling. I had this horrendous pain in my Achilles Tendons and it felt like the bones in my legs just buckled and before I knew it I was on the floor! The only way I could get myself back into the living room and onto the couch was by crawling.  Since the three wise men (endocrinologists) I have seen told me that my symptoms are menopausal I guess it is common for menopausal women to crawl around their houses on all fours!

I wear my boots unlaced now – very classy I know! I never dreamt I would be seen in public with my boots unlaced. However, if I lace them up they touch the lumps on my Achilles Tendons and the pain is intolerable.

I have made an appointment to see Squirt on November 22. I need some prescriptions refilled. I am debating what I will tell him. I could tell him about my worsening symptoms but then I hate being made a fool of. It will be interesting to see if he actually notices my very puffy hands and face.

Spend a wonderful afternoon with my grandson today. We ordered in his favourite pizza – pepperoni with extra cheese. I let him use my video camera and he took a wonderful movie of the cat – his narration is priceless. Seven year olds have such a wonderful sense of humor.

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