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06:58 am: where do I find another last nerve?
'Cause I'm not sure the one Teddy's on is going to last.

It's not his fault. He's got a cold and swimmer's ear and he's being a good kid despite feeling (intermittently) like crap.

I'm trying. I'm really trying. But I haven't had a good night's sleep since last week and I'm Losing My Shit. First it was his throat (croaking pitifully "Maaamaaa! uh dond feeel gooood"), then a very croupy cough (BARK! BARK! BARK!), then the ear ("OUCH! MAMA! IT HURTS! IT HURTS! WHEN IS IT GOING TO STOP HURTING!"), then the nose (:sniff!: :sniff!: :HOOONK: :sniff!:), and now - heaven help us all - a regular cough.

He's getting better. He's being as good as any kid could. And I found myself, this very morning, telling him to shut up and quit coughing.

Y'see, I've got the night shift. (Almost) always have, (almost) always will. Peter is willing enough, but he doesn't hear all the noise (he's a heavy sleeper). So when Peter has the night shift, Teddy has to go to him. At that point, Teddy's fully awake and usually quite distressed... and I'm awake anyway because I'm not a heavy sleeper. So there's no point to making Peter suffer too.

And I'm having some weird intermittent pain issues myself (probably from lack of sleep), so after I wake up completely to administer whatever medication is currently due*, my :fill in the blank: kicks in and I can't get back to sleep for a while... and then Teddy wakes up again a few hours (or minutes) later and the whole fucking thing starts all over again.

I'm scared to nap, because I think that'll make the nights even worse, but am thinking I'll have to just to get through the day.

Yippee.


* Benadryl, Ibuprofen, ear drops, nose spray, and a partridge in a pear tree

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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:August 7th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)

I"m so sorry.

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I'd think napping would be good, not that you can catch up on sleep but then, if you're not sleeping at night anyway, you might be able to bank a few hours of rest and maybe bank a few moments of patience. I should be napping all the time! ;)

I wish I could help but all I've got is help for the illnesses and I don't think that's going to help taking the night shift. :(

I'm so sorry!
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From:katehaney
Date:August 7th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)

thanks.

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I'd take help for illnesses, except that Teddy's is on the mend and mine is extremely mysterious (might barf - ummm, nope - serious abdominal pain -- ummm, gone now -- vertigo -- not any more -- days-long stomach cramp -- finally resolved) and probably all related to sleep deprivation anyway.

But sympathy is good! I like sympathy!
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