March 26, 2003

The Velcros at Midnight

Did you ever have one of those nights when you couldn't find a comfortable place for your arms? Like they were somehow the only part of your body of which you are aware, and they are on backwards and no way you lay them... beside you, across your chest, back behind your head... nothing seems to make them happy? I just had one of those nights.

This cycle of brachial unrest started because the mommabear was anxious at bedtime. When she's anxious and not sleeping well she tends to want to spoon excessively. Close formation nested sleeping patterns do not suit me well, because as the nestee, there is then one less degree of freedom, one less choice about where to rest the arm on the side now taken up by the nestor. The nestee lies there with his eyes open, staring at the dark ceiling, listening to the refrigerator defrost, wide awake. While the nestor is thus comforted in this manner and sleeping soundly.

Later: Finally. Asleep. From sheer exhaustion. A deep REM sleep. A pox on the arms, at last I am getting some rest now.

And then: if you've never experienced abject night horror, this will provide the experience. Ask your spouse, in the darkest part of night while you are lying there with your eyes flickering across the back of your eyelids lost in dreams, to do the following: right next to your sleeping head, unfasten a three-strap velcro wrist brace really fast.

There's nothing quite like that sound. Nothing in my repertoire of expected night sounds, the usual bumps in the night, that match this ungodly sound of something being rent asunder near my head. The fear is truly quite invigorating. I find my blood still is surging with adrenalin, and I might actually get a lot done this morning with addition of a little caffeine. If it weren't for wasting your time with details of the dark side of life from the edge of civilization.

(I aced my mid-term so am treating myself to this little indulgence of writing the trivial this morning. Play time's over, schoolboy. Go check those footnotes against the MLA requirements. After you post, of course.)

Posted by fred1st at March 26, 2003 05:12 AM | TrackBack

Congrats on the mid-term!

Posted by: bogie at March 26, 2003 06:15 AM

Glad to know I wasn't the only one sleepless last night. On top of that, I injured my shoulder a couple of months back and now, effectively, have only one sleeping position available to me. Everytime I turn to the other side, ouch!

Posted by: sainteros at March 26, 2003 10:42 AM

(Thought I'd get trivial alongside you. Congrats on the test, Fred!)

Posted by: sainteros at March 26, 2003 10:43 AM

Sleeping with a spouse makes or breaks a marriage, I'm sure. ;-) But yes, have had the dead arm thing but, I have to say, I've never been woken by velcros!

Oh, and for us ol-foggies who visit you, light, light grey text? I couldn't read it even with my glasses on. LOL!

Posted by: Alexandra at March 26, 2003 11:49 AM

What was it sbout last night? I was up at 3am, tired, but nothing felt comfortable. Then literally passed out at my desk sometime after 1pm today and woke just now with a start. Great googly-moogly... i have stuff... things... and now feel like total poo. Rest tonight friend, although - your "trivial" still makes for a dang nice read.

Posted by: Anne at March 26, 2003 04:53 PM

I can see where that would cause night terrors...

Posted by: Dave W. at March 26, 2003 09:52 PM

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