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Posted on: Apr 8, 2011 01:45PM - edited Apr 2, 2018 04:30PM by sas-schatzi

sas-schatzi wrote:

Welcome. This is called the insomnia thread, but we post 24/7/365. We call ourselves Owlettes :)

No nastiness, bullying, stalking or such allowed. I would like to keep the kind fabric of this thread intact.

Discussion will flow where it will as all threads do. This will be a happy place. I hope with lots of laughing. Talk of things, needs, rants as your mood or thoughts take you. Each person here has a history of helping others. Threads develop pseudo family groups. Fancy way to say we become like family. This family will have all the best a family has to offer, but none of the negatives.

May help with sleeplessness: circadian rhythm, melatonin--pub med evidence based research. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21476953 Agometaline is approved for use in Europe/Australia for insomnia. It is NOT approved in the USA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agomelatine

How to naturally reset circadian rhythm with food : http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight

Article connecting insomnia and depression. It's a chicken egg thing-..............-insomnia <-----> depression.

http://blog.aarp.org/2013/12/02/is-curing-insomnia-key-to-curing-depression/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

Second Sleep---The NORMAL for humans before the light bulb http://slumberwise.com/science/your-ancestors-didnt-sleep-like-you/

Autonomic dysfunction: http://www.holistichelp.net/dysautonomia-autonomic-nervous-system-dysfunction.html

BCO Member Notself's three day plan: 1. Get doc script for sleep aid, at lowest dose. 2. Set sleep time. 3. Take pill 1/2 hr to 1 hr before set time. 4. Do this for three days; 5. Should sleep on fourth night.. 6. Repeat steps 1-5 if sleeplessness has lasted more than one night.

Don'ts that are known to cause sleeplessness: Alcohol, coffee, chocolate, looking at computer screens before bedtime, sex and exersize(variable by person); Do's that promote sleep: Sex and exersize(variable by person) , book reading, foot massage, aromatherapy, sleepy teas. After dinner walk(variable).

Link to Warm & Fuzzy's (W&F) thread: Warm & fuzzy owls, goats, kitties, dogs, birds ETC. PICS &LINKS

For all our dear Sisters .........

Image result for prayer for protection friend

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting "holy crap....what a ride".
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Dec 13, 2018 11:45PM sas-schatzi wrote:

Heart

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting "holy crap....what a ride".
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Dec 14, 2018 05:41PM Beatmon wrote:

Our Phyllis had one of the best sense of humor and quick wit of anyone I have known.

She faced so many different trials and medicines doing her best to beat back Metastatic Breast Cancer. At one point she was walking miles despite her treatments. I’ve read women post that their friends were murdered by Metastatic Breast Cancer...and I think that is the truth. It steals our sweet friends away.

I was lucky to get to meet Phyllis in person and spend the day together. We kept in touch from that time on, sometimes close, sometimes months would pass. But always in awe of her strength.

I was just getting ready to try to call again when I saw the PM from Sas. And at that moment a commercial about CASA came on the TV, which was very dear to Phyllis. Message from Heaven?

I will miss our friend

Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/9/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 12/1/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/1/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 8/9/2014, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/27/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/27/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/27/2014 Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 23, 2018 10:41AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Started to prep a little bit for Christmas dinner. Made my maternal grandmother’s Cranberry Relish.

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Dec 24, 2018 04:42AM feelingfeline wrote:

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Dx 1/20/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 3/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/6/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 24, 2018 05:12AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

More prep work today. Today I am making my step-grandmother’s Jello Salad and prepping my paternal aunt’sHash Brown casserole for tomorrow

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Dec 24, 2018 12:56PM Smaarty wrote:

Christmas is over at my home, going to niece tonight, then my moms tomorrow. Then flying to Oz for Christmas there on Wednesday.

Here’s Evie for her 3rd birthday. Getting to be such a big girl.


Hope you all have a safe and sane holiday

Dx 4/29/2013, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 5/31/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 10/28/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/3/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/5/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/24/2017
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Dec 24, 2018 01:30PM Wren44 wrote:

Safe travels. Evie is certainly a charmer now. How cute.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Dec 24, 2018 01:39PM feelingfeline wrote:

So Pretty! Travel safely Smaarty, and have a wonderful trip.



Dx 1/20/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 3/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/6/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 25, 2018 02:23AM JWoo wrote:

Happy Holidays, everyone!

effitall
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Dec 25, 2018 06:03AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

If you value your freedom, thank a servicemember both serving and retired!
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Dec 25, 2018 04:44PM Loveroflife wrote:

My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor 12:9. Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 9/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left Dx 10/13/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/12/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/13/2015 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant
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Dec 25, 2018 11:00PM kathindc wrote:

Merry Christmas to all! 🎅🏼🤶🏻🦌🌲🎁❄️

Smaarty, Evie is adorable. Have safe travels.

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Dec 27, 2018 06:18PM Smaarty wrote:

we are sitting at hOnolulu. Our first plane had a broken latch on the cargo door so we had to switcH planes. It should only arrive a half hour later. Hope you all enjoyed the holidays. We had 33 people at my moms on Xmas. She survived! All of mine and my sisters kids and grandkids. 2 of mine were missing and 1 of hers. Age from 1 yr old to 92.

Dx 4/29/2013, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 5/31/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 10/28/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/3/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/5/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/24/2017
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Dec 28, 2018 06:03AM feelingfeline wrote:

Smaarty, what an amazing family gathering. No doubt a little bit stressful looking after all the little ones, but also a blessing and a privilege. Bummer about your plane delay but definitely better safe than sorry. Hope you have arrived safely and comfortably by the time you are reading this. XXX

Dx 1/20/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 3/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/6/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 30, 2018 07:52PM Loveroflife wrote:

Still jet lagging? Darn, forgot to send with you money for Uggs.

My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor 12:9. Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 9/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left Dx 10/13/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/12/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/13/2015 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant
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Dec 31, 2018 05:27PM JWoo wrote:

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Jan 2, 2019 10:31AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Took a much needed break. Made some resolutions for this year that I am sticking too and to heck with those that get mad at me for it.

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Jan 2, 2019 12:43PM feelingfeline wrote:

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Dx 1/20/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 3/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/6/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jan 5, 2019 05:49AM MaddieBrie1 wrote:

Taco #2 on Friday, been up since 2 or 3 am. The IV Benadryl has finally worn off and now I can't sleep. Did some Amazon shopping (but will review again later before pressing that "order now"), caught up on all my fav boards, snuggled w the puppers, lint rollered my pillow, drank 2 bottles of water, ate some chocolate covered hazel nuts..... Now staring at the ceiling fan wondering which pillow case I'm going to sacrifice to clean the dust off those fan blades and how much mess I'm going to need to clean off the bed after I clean those blades. Considering watching some YouTube videos but don't want to disturb the sleeping pup w the sounds.... Too late to take a pill form of benadryl and the coffee pot will be brewing for the hubs in another half hour.

My smart phones so smart it autocorrects Taxol to taco. I like that much better..... MB1

Marathon not a sprint. Zometa added by Onco to post-chemo therapy every 6 months infusion. Dx 4/25/2018, LCIS/ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/35 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/7/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/25/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 11/7/2018 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 4/12/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/18/2019 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jan 5, 2019 10:04AM feelingfeline wrote:

Ha that is so funny about the Taco, yes it would be much nicer! SmileNow what can you cover your bed with? And do you really have to sacrifice a pillow case? We don't have ceiling fans in Ireland, but we do have dust, and plenty of it! Scared Pup sounds nice! XXX

Dx 1/20/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 3/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/6/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jan 5, 2019 01:26PM Wren44 wrote:

Put a shower curtain or plastic tablecloth over the bed. They make a long-handled brush that cleans both sides of the fan at once. You could add one to your Amazon order.

I grew up in Okla which is called the dust bowl for a reason. I hated dusting as a kid. Mom had dark Duncan Phyfe dining table, chairs and sideboard. It could be dusted twice a day. Mom complained that DD wasn't dusting the tops of the picture frames. It never occurred to me to dust those. I couldn't see them so it never crossed my mind.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Jan 5, 2019 04:54PM feelingfeline wrote:

You know that bad thing when the sun shines through the house ...when you can suddenly SEE all the dust?

Dx 1/20/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 3/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/6/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jan 5, 2019 06:44PM Loveroflife wrote:

Shocked Dust makes me anxious.

My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor 12:9. Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 9/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left Dx 10/13/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/12/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/13/2015 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant
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Jan 5, 2019 07:13PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Yep to the dust. my house seems to collect it Big Time! Was folding laundry this morning and my hubby was commenting on the dust that was coming off the laundry! Said it looked like the snow that we usually have had here by now! lol

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Jan 11, 2019 03:58AM mostlymom wrote:

We have very active spiders so I not only see the dust in sun beams, I see many creepy spiderwebs that bloom overnight....

tread gently.... Mammo & Ultrasound, 2-8-11. Needle Core Biopsy, 2-17-11. Lumpectomy 3-16-11. Completed 25 rads & 8 boosts Aug 5, 2011. Complete hysterectomy July 15, 2013. Dx 2/23/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 11, 2019 09:18AM feelingfeline wrote:

OOOOOH NOOOOOH Shocked

Dx 1/20/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 3/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/6/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jan 11, 2019 01:41PM Wren44 wrote:

We get daddy long-legs webs. They are harmless and most of the webs are at the ceiling or just below. Occasionally I vacuum the ceiling and corners and that gets rid of them. You can't really see them until they get dirty.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Jan 13, 2019 10:15PM queenmomcat wrote:

I gotta remember to bring tissues or a handkerchief or something when I see La Boheme. My eyes started leaking around about the second half of the third act. Must be allergic to something in the theater. (This was the Lyric's production, in Chicago.)

Dx 5/27/2015, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 7/7/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/1/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/10/2015 Reconstruction (left)
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Jan 13, 2019 10:40PM MaddieBrie1 wrote:

Good call on the shower curtain or plastic table cloth to cover the bed while doing the fan blades - I hadn't thought of either of those!

Not insomnia tonight, the Tylenol and benadryl just haven't kicked in yet..... My back and neck are killing me from shoveling snow - we had about a foot here in MD since Saturday.... I didn't even do that much of it - maybe 50 min total with about a 6 htr break in between. Also my L arm is heated and warm and I'm really really hoping it isn't the first sign of lymphedema.....

Best rest and dreams! MB1

Marathon not a sprint. Zometa added by Onco to post-chemo therapy every 6 months infusion. Dx 4/25/2018, LCIS/ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/35 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/7/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/25/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 11/7/2018 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 4/12/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/18/2019 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jan 14, 2019 04:07AM feelingfeline wrote:

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Queenmoncat (obviously allergic to having a heart) ThumbsUp


Dx 1/20/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 3/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/6/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)

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