Camping Day 1 – Night Knight

Thursday night

I don't sleep well. I haven't for months, since last summer when I started having trouble with my arms, then shoulders, leading up to my back/neck surgery. Following the surgery, some of my pain was aleviated, but the pain and lack of motion continued in my shoulders. I went to physical therapy for months and it helped some with the mobility, but not with the pain.

We already went through the whole laundry list of medications I'm evidently immune to – vicodin, oxycotin, fentynl, to name a few.

I've continued the exercises from physical therapy and my flexibility and mobility is better, but the pain has not improved at all. So, I am restless at night. I toss and turn, trying to get comfortable. Many times I am up in the middle of the night to put on an ice pack or heat pad for awhile. Also, the recent doctor appointment ended up in him putting me on a diuretic for my blood pressure. This means I also get up three or four times to pee.

The point of this is when we are at home he have a bed that doesn't cause the other person to feel every little movement. The RV bed transfers every little wiggle. The RV itself moves as you walk through it because the jacks decided to be stubborn this trip and stop working. Then, the toilet makes an obnoxious noise when you flush it because of the water pump kicking in.

All this brings me to the title of this post. Typically ever since I've known him my husband is not good about being awakened at night. It makes him grumpy and cranky and I've always tried not to do that. Tonight? He was awake. He was wide awake. A lot. He wasn't grumpy or grouchy once….and wasn't the next day either! He was sweet and kind – even trying at one time to rub my shoulders, saying he never realized how much I was up every night.

He was my knight once more – my knight in shining armor. Just having him say "I understand" – now he knows why I am so tired all the time. My "night knight".

I hope the orthopedic doc I'm seeing on monday has some grand idea how to help with this. It is getting old fast. Thank goodness we don't have to spend every night in the RV! (Well, there was much said at the doc's on Monday… will post on Thursday when I finish up my camping notes.)

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