Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Not sleeping

Last night, around 11:30, Zoe started throwing up. I would like to question the universe, why cannot the children throw up in the day time? Is there something more enterprising about a stomach virus that requires the peaceful sleep of the whole household to truly activate? Does the virus prefer to be expelled upon the bed, onto the floor, into a drawer?
But there is no such thing as a one-time throwing up that begins at 11:30. So, I tried to go back to sleep but I knew I wouldn't which is the key to not going back to sleep. It was easier to get up at 12:30 and 1:30 and 3:00 then. But I was mad at myself that I couldn't make myself go to sleep. I tried to think of movies, like Contagion, but that just made me nervous of all flu. I tried to think of songs to sing but I could only think of "the secret to a long life is knowing when it's time to go." I got up to spray Lysol around the house a few times.
No matter why I have insomnia, I always start itching around 2:00 a.m. Why itch? What does skin have to do with sleep? Perhaps I want out of my body but what I really want is out of my head and there are no fingernails sharp enough for that.


Mary Anne Mohanraj said...

I actually think it's being prone that's the problem. If you can prop 'em up on the couch with pillows, so they're at more of an angle, my theory is that you get less actual vomit. I have no scientific studies to support this, though.


Mary Anne Mohanraj said...

Oh, and Matt from Utah just told me at lunch that you were supposed to be here in Melbourne too, and I was devastated by the lack of Nik. It's so much worse when you know what you're missing.

Nik said...

I will try the not-prone plan! Thanks Mary Anne. And I feel horrible to have abandoned Matt Batt but I couldn't quite get it together funding-wise to go. It sounds super fun though. Thanks for blogging about it so I can live vicariously!