Thursday, 6 June 2019

Thanks, cardmaking and sleep (continued lack of)

Thank you for your continued good wishes for husband, he only got out of bed for the loo a couple of times last night, so I'm cautiously optimistic he might be getting a bit better.

Mum is still in hospital, it's almost a fortnight now and no sign of her going home just yet, in fact her consultant says he wants to keep an eye on her for the next few days.  He's pleased with her UTI progress but she has another problem now, fluid retention - she does have this quite a lot, but she's been leaking fluid from the pores in her arms apparently.  He's doubled her diuretics - that won't please Mum, nor will the fact that she has to stay in hospital a while longer.

I'm grateful for the suggestions for how to glue delicate die cuts.  I do have several Pritt sticks of different sizes, but don't think they'll work on the more fiddly delicate cut outs, they'll tear them as I'm trying to apply the glue to them.  But Sheila, Marlene and Hazel, your ideas for using PVA glue with fine paintbrushes, cocktail sticks or even pressing the die cut shape onto a thin layer of glue are brilliant, I'll definitely try those. 

I sat and made half a dozen cards yesterday, just simple birthday and best wishes ones, for when I need a card at short notice.  With the basic card already made, I can quickly personalise it when I need it.  I really enjoy doing the cardmaking, it occupies my mind and satisfies a creative need, when it's too warm to be crocheting.  I do really need to look for a small desk or table to put on the landing for my cardmaking, though....using the dining table isn't ideal and looks messy.  At least upstairs on the landing it would be out of sight.

I'm progressing with my sleep diary, it does seem as if there's a pattern to my nights.  I can generally go off to sleep fairly quickly when I first get in bed (there are exceptions, last night was one of them).  I have good quality sleep for 2 or sometimes 3 hours, then it's all downhill after that - I wake up and either take forever to get back to sleep, or just doze for seemingly a few minutes at a time, continually waking up, or just give up on sleep altogether and go downstairs.

I don't know what's caused my lifetime insomnia (a combination of things, I suspect), but do know why I'm sleeping so badly over recent's not rocket science, it's all the tribulations we've been through recently, and continue to have.  But, other than being hit on the head with either a chemical cosh (which I won't do) or a big hammer, I don't know what the answer is, and will be surprised if the sleep clinic do either.  It'll be interesting to see what they come up with after I've completed a week's worth of sleep diaries.  They bombard me with questions and tips every day....the tips so far have more or less been just common sense, nothing earth shattering or even particularly useful, I have to say.  I mean, we all know not to have a big drink just before bed, and to make sure the bedroom is dark and not too hot or too cold!

Yesterday was a particularly irritating day, for one reason or another, and I feel a bit mentally as well as physically shattered today.  It would be nice to have a day out away from everything.  A holiday would be even better!


  1. I found that lack of sleep is a vicious circle, the more I worry about it, the less sleep I get. No chance though when I know I have to get up earlier than usual and set the alarm clock, that always results in a sleepless night. So hope the clinic has an answer for you.

  2. I find my sleep is cyclical and, yes, stress/worry definitely impacts. If you want time away, you are very welcome to come here for a few days - just give me due warning so I can tidy the spare room!

    1. That's so lovely of you, Joy, thank you. My blog readers are so kind! xx

    2. Yes , so very very kind indeed!

  3. I agree that stress plays havoc with insomnia. If I'm worried about something my sleep pattern goes to pot. I've got into the habit of waking up twice a night and asking hubby what time it is!!! I'm always fully awake by 5.30. By 3pm I'm really tired.


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