Late December back in......
Oh wait, it's February and this was last night.
Usually, I'm an excellent sleeper. Go to bed, lie down, wake up 6-8 hours later.
Except those mornings where I wake at 4am and get up and make coffee.......but still with a 9:30 bedtime most nights, that's still 6 hours sleep, allowing about half an hour to go down deep.
Last night? Ugh. Now I have an inkling of what insomniacs go through.
Except it wasn't my mind keeping me awake.
It was my right leg, which was aching quite a bit, and my right ankle and foot, which at some point I wanted to chop off for a bit of relief.
I have varicose veins, 99% of which are in my right leg. From the groin right down to the toes. Just like my mum. My left leg is mostly fine.
Well, yesterday after the standing, walking and getting up and down the stairs several times at work, my leg had had enough. The aching began in the hip and knee on the third or fourth trip upstairs.
By the time I'd walked home, the ankle and foot were swollen and painful.
This doesn't always happen, so when it does, I get cranky.
I put a couple of wet flannels in the freezer while I showered and then massaged the foot and ankle a bit.
I wrapped one frozen flannel around the painful swelling, put my foot up on a couple of cushions, and rested there while I read the paper.
Then I switched flannels, because the first one had thawed and warmed, and read some more.
A couple of chapters of my newest book, Fever Dream.
By then the swelling had gone down a bit, so I got out the laptop and started reading all the new posts waiting for me.
I continued rotating the frozen flannels until bedtime, then I propped up the leg on my spare pillows and tried to sleep.
My mind was ready to drift away, but the leg wasn't ready to stop aching.
Lie on my back? Solid aching from ankle and foot.
Lie on one side? Aching from ankle, foot and knee.
Lie on the other side? Aching from hip to toes.
Definitely not a win-win night.
After a couple of hours tossing and turning, my foggy brain said get some Deep Heat on it.
So I limped into the bathroom, covered the whole leg in arthritis strength Deep Heat and tried again to get to sleep.
Another hour, and I was hungry as well. Just as well, because codeine can't be taken on an empty stomach.
So 2:30am saw me in the kitchen making a cheese sandwich and a cup of coffee.
Ate half the sandwich, took the codeine, finished the sandwich and coffee and went back to bed.
Once the codeine had time to take effect, I finally fell asleep and didn't wake up until 9am this morning.
Luckily, it's my day off, so I could just putter around until it was time to catch a bus and meet my K for lunch.
It's not often my leg aches this much, I can only think it's because of the heat causing the swelling, which then affected the rest of the leg.