Thursday, October 3, 2013

Segmented Sleep, Anxiety, and a Bit of Unprocessed Day 3 Accounting


There's an interestng article on segmented sleep over at  It explains how they slept back in the days before electricity.  It also explains the way I sleep a lot of times; due to my kids’ schedule and my hubby’s schedule being so different. I don’t pretend that my sleeping this way is ideal in our day and age.  I’m not sure which is better, actually, but it seems to work for me and allows me to meet my kids’ needs and still spend some time with my crazy busy hubby during the week.

Life threw some curve-balls at me today, like it does sometimes.  My morning was crazy.  One of my kids has severe anxiety.  It’s a struggle to get said child out the door each and every day.  School is a huge stress.  Not your usual “I don’t like school” stress, but serious meltdown type stress.  We see a therapist once a week, as well as other treatments, which seem to help some.  This morning I got a call that my kid was in the office with hives all over any exposed skin.  It was only 1st period, and they had been outside.  Because of medical interaction warnings the usual treatment of benadryl could not be administered until we could see a doctor, or at least speak to our Pediatrician.  Checking a kid out of school with the kind of anxiety issues my child has is always bad.  Each day is a miracle that they even get there.  It was hard to get them to school the first time. Once we’re home, if we need to go back, we get to go through all that again.  I was able to take my kido back to school a couple of hours later, after the hives had gone away.  We still don’t know what caused them.  The secretaries at the school were even so great as to call the maintenance dept. and the district to see if something had been done on the grounds (fertilizer, etc).  Nada.  So we may never know.  It could have been the anxiety.  I’m hoping it was something environmental, but that doesn’t sound good either.

This all happened right at the time I was about to head back for my second sleep cycle.  It shifted everything later, putting a wrench into the entire schedule of the day.

I was going to make my bread that didn’t get done yesterday.  I was going to make crackers and noodles.  I was going to go the the Farmer’s market.  I was going to finish my hubby’s vest.  I was going to do my meal planning.  None of that happened.  I did get a nap though, so that’s good. 

Here’s my accounting of food today for the challenge:

The good:

· Coffee with homemade creamer

· Cinnamon oatmeal. This was so yummy!

· Banana

· Almond butter on toast

· Lentil soup for dinner with a glass of milk

· I will have some kind of snack before bed as well

Where I cheated:

· Orowheat 100% whole wheat bread with lunch

The lentil soup was surprisingly good. It didn’t look like it was going to taste good, at all, so I was surprised. The look of it was reminiscent of my Mom’s navy bean soup and ham, which I hated as a kid. I have yet to get over that, so I have no idea if I’d like it now. I’m inclined to think I wouldn’t.

The cinnamon oatmeal was to die for!  It was SO GOOD!  Of course, I like oatmeal done most ways.

A crucial part of being able to maintain this challenge is menu planning. That HAS to get done tomorrow. Todays dinner was hacked together, and I think everyone around here knew that.

1 comment:

  1. hey nice post meh, I love your style of blogging here. this post reminded me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: Social Anxiety Therapy .
    keep up the good work friend. I will be back to read more of your posts.