Monday, December 15, 2014

All-day Drowsiness - Scar-tissue - Sleep Study

I don't know if any of my family and/or friends read this/my blog so I'm not sure if I will continue  with it or not but since it's been awhile since my last post, here's a bit of an update...Regarding the fatigue in my earlier posts,  in actuality, it's not fatigue, it's all day drowsiness.  Today I was awake at 6 AM and up and dressed and had breakfast (which included coffee) by 8:30 AM.  By 9:30 AM, I was so drowsy-sleepy that I headed back to bed for a nap.  I slept for 4 hours (10 AM to 2 PM - awakened by my alarm to take my afternoon medications).  I wanted to go back to sleep (I feel the desire to sleep forever, literally) and tried for another couple of hours without success :-(  It's now 5:30 PM  and I'm starting to drowse again. ------- All very boring, huh?

I got to tell you, I think I now understand, why Michael Jackson purportedly begged his doctor for 'propofal' to help him to sleep.  I've had 'propofal' for surgical anesthesia and it does induce a good sleep; which sounds good to me right about now!

I met with a sleep specialist in November and and he gave me some interesting information...I had an MRI of my brain done this past July and it shows there's scar tissue forming at the location of the stroke I had in 2013.  It just so happens to be in the part of the brain that controls one's sleep/wake cycle.  The doctor said that the scar tissue can cause tugging on the healthy tissue surrounding it which could be the cause of the seizure I had in August, as well as possibly causing a form of narcolepsy.  I'll be having a 2-day sleep study next week for them to get a better look at what might be happening.  I just want to sleep, so this is OK with me!

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