While we vacationed in Arizona over the holidays, I happened to see a vehicle in a parking lot that had the actual Donate Life official symbol on the license plate!
Me and you, Kidney, have been through 7 beautiful months together. We're doing good, we're stayin' strong and boy, we're making a whole lot of pee!
But I have a little bit of scary news, Kidney: Today you and I will be going through another surgery together. This time its not you, its me. And during the next few days I just have one request for you...
My insomnia has only gotten worse. In the past I've tried Klonopin, Sonata, Lunesta, Ambien CR and varying amounts of Trazodone (25-100mgs). I've had a prescription for regular Ambien (and Trazodone) for ages, but it just doesn't work anymore.
Nothing is working. If I manage to fall asleep, its hardly ever before 2 am, and then I wake up around 6 am every morning. I'm awake (out of bed) for about an hour (making sure my son gets ready for school) and then I try to go back to sleep. From 7 am until 11 am (at the latest) I lie in bed, tossing and turning, trying to will myself back to sleep. Then, I finally just give up and get out of bed.
I feel exhausted and none of my doctors have a good suggestion - its just "try this one" and then I get a handful of sample pills and/or a prescription.
When I was at my LifeLink appointment on Thursday I asked the transplant nephrologist what he recommended - he seemed annoyed that I was even asking. He told me to ask one of my 'regular' doctors (uh... WHAT?!) My 'regular' nephrologist is always the most helpful (and the doctor I trust the most) so I'll have to beg for some new approach to try when I see him on Monday.
In the meantime... Does anyone have some suggestions for 'natural' remedies?! Yes, I've already tried tea, warm milk, a warm bath, no daytime naps and getting more exercise. What's left?