Monday, August 18, 2008

Between the thunder boomers and the Olympics .. .

I am not getting as much sleep as I want! Don't get me wrong, I'm averaging about 6 hours a night, which is a vast improvement over a couple of weeks ago. And, I tend to sleep about 3 hours at a stretch, which is better than 1 1/2 to 2 hour stretches. I definitely sleeping deeper, which is a good thing.

But, those Olympics! I stayed up late last night watching the women's 100m spring final and the women's floor exercise final. I've generally been up until at least 11pm if not midnight this whole week because of the Olympics. I've always enjoyed the Summer Olympics, but haven't really watched them much the past two Olympics in 2000 and 2004. In 2000, my son was maybe a month old and had just gotten out of the NICU in Connecticut. In 2004 . . . well, that was a difficult summer personally. No need to go into details.

I've tuned in, though, this time around partly because I've needed to take it easy with the removal of the tissue expander and my fever. I've enjoyed them and really enjoyed the Opening Ceremony - it was a really amazing show the Chinese put together.

As for the thunder boomers, after several days of really hot (90+,with about 100 on Friday and Saturday) degree weather and running my AC all day, we had an amazing thunder and lightning show here in the mid-Willamette Valley. It started about midnight on Saturday night with flashes and long rolls of thunder. Just as I was getting to sleep, a huge CRACK reverberated through my house about 1:30am. Scared the beejeezus out of me. I immediately sat up, heart racing, and then went to my son's room (with enough presence of mind to pick up the wound pump) to make sure he was okay. I don't think it woke him up until the end. We then had some showers that night. It fortunately cooled things down.

Then, last night, about 10:30/11pm, we had another thunderstorm, although it didn't seem as strong or as long as the night before. My window was closed, though.

Thundershowers are rare in this area. I grew up in Central Oregon and I remember sitting on our porch, watching the lightning shows around us all the time. I think I could probably count the number of thunder showers I've seen in the valley on one hand.

Today, I go in for my first dressing change with the wound pump . . . will report on anything interesting at that time! Have a great day!


Carver said...

I was just talking to someone about how the Olympics were definitely not helping our beauty sleep, ha. Those boomers can be pretty exciting too. I hope you will sleep better and better soon. I really appreciated what you said on my reflection post. I always like and appreciate your comments but wanted you to know how much that meant to me.

jeanne said...

how did the dressing change go? (& is it okay to post your response to my blog? I'm with Carver, I really appreciate your sensitive comments. They give a person pause... nyc j

Dee said...

Hi Carver and Jeanne,
Well, I'm glad you both appreciate my comments - writing them helps me as much as anyone else who might be reading the blog as it helps me sort out my own thinking. And, I appreciate your comments, too, and I usually always smile and sometimes guffaw at some of your comments. I find this online community to be very supportive -so much so that I don't feel I need the support group any longer. Thanks, you two!