Scotties Toy Box

November 11, 2018

My day getting tired

Filed under: My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 19:50

People wonder why I do not get to everything right away.   The situation is I am not really well as most people are.  I have health issues.  Now that is not really a complaint from me.  Even disabled I have a great life.  However I am restricted to what I can do, and how much time I can spend up at my desk.  The reason I say this is I am very tired right now and I want to go to bed.  But I still have comments to answer and hundreds of emails.  

Ron has told me he will take care of the kitchen and all the clean up.   Still I can hardly keep my eyes open.  Normally I go to bed between 7 and 8 PM.  I sleep on and off throughout the night.  One of my problems is one all us older people have, I need to pee.  

But most nights I sleep well for a few hours and then I am up and down, up and down, staring at the pillows, or paying attention to the cat Milo who shares my pillow and once in a while lets me have part of it.  

So you know when I got to sleep but when do I wake up.  Well most nights I am a wake a lot, but by 4 AM my body has had enough.  I hurt too bad to stay in bed.  How you may ask, well I am glad you did.  See the problem is I have damage to my spine and two artificial hips.  So that means I cannot lay directly on either side as the metal that replaced my bones causes great pain.   

So as I sleep especially towards 4 or 5 AM I start to get horrible muscle cramps in my lower legs or in my feet.  I take muscle relaxers  but they really do little to help.  Think of getting your worst “Charlie Horse” in your calf or foot.  My feet will try to curl up in a ball.  It is very painful.  However the source is not my legs it is entirely in my back, the destroyed vertebrae and the OK ones with a disk problem.  

My back is so badly degraded it is sending signals to my legs to do weird and horrible stuff.  One thing is when I get up at night to go to the bathroom most nights I have to use the hand holds bars Ron installed for me when I had my hip replaced.  See I don’t always have the strength to get out of bed with out them.  Then as I am walking to the bathroom often one of my legs give out.  That is why I keep a cane by the bed.  

See for me I never know when one leg or the other will go out, simply disappear on me. I never know when pain so sharp I think I have broken bones will affect one of the other leg or both, one or the other side of my body.  So when that happens if I don’t have a cane or other support I am in trouble.  Recently I had a side muscle spasm while in the shower.   I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t stand up.  LUcky for me Ron was home and as I lay on the floor of the shower beating on the glass shower door with the back brush , Ron heard and came running it to pick me up.  I cannot walk well, can not do much and can not complain because Ron takes great care of me.  The reason I mention this is because I get between 300 and 400 emails a day.  I have over 150 blogs I follow last count.  I get up early and try, but there is simply no way I can get to everyone and some will be missed.  Remember during the day I have to go lay down or rest.

So here is the way you can grab my attention while I am up and on the computer.  You can engage in a comment. If I don’t notice or get right back to you, let me know.  I catch most comments.  However not so on email, It is hit or miss.  So if you send me an email, drop me a note in the comments of one of my blogs so I can do search for it and dig it out.  

Ok hope this helps I am very tired, have a dentist appointment in the morning and I need to get to bed.  Hugs





  1. Has anyone (Ron in particular) told you that you take on too much?

    I’m sure blogging and all that comes with it helps to pass the day and keep your attention off your body, but c’mon Scottie. Why push yourself? YOUR health and well-being is MUCH more important than answered emails.

    I think all your blogging friends appreciate you … but we also want you to enjoy your life. So please. Take a break once in awhile. We’ll all still be here when you get back!

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    Comment by Nan — November 11, 2018 @ 19:58

    • Thank you Nan, and I am off to bed, Ron has reminded me twice I am looking beat. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — November 11, 2018 @ 20:04

  2. I’m amazed at your achievements considering your not in perfect health. You have a lot to offer to those who read and comment but if you crash out a well known voice will be lossed. So put the brakes on there is no compulsion , blogging is not like earning a living it voluntary work.

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    Comment by kersten — November 12, 2018 @ 03:45

    • Good Morning Kersten. I am in no danger of dying. In pain yes, limited yes, but in other respects I have it well. Ron put a stool in the kitchen so I could cook and have a place to sit. Doing dishes is really hard on me, he has yet to hook up the new dishwasher as he has been building the front room, my new office. I just wanted people to know why I go to bed so early , it is because the medications and pain over load me, plus I don’t sleep well so I am tired early. Thanks. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — November 12, 2018 @ 06:04

  3. I can certainly sympathize and empathize, Scotty. I’ve been on opioid pain relievers for over 20 years now, and with the new gov’t. crackdown on them, my Drs. have been trying to find non-narcotic meds, to substitute for them. My most severe condition is Neuropathic pain in my feet and lower legs. Imagine coating the insides of your shoes with glue, and then pouring ground glass into them, making sure the insides are thoroughly coated, so that every part of walking is almost unbearably painful. And don’t forget to wrap barbed wire around your calves, so that even sitting or lying down brings only slight relief from the pain.
    And the substitute meds I’m currently trying? They’re Psych Meds, and I feel WAY more “loaded” on them than I ever did on the opioids, but they DO give some slight relief, though there is the side effect of feeling constantly fatigued, which causes me to sleep about 10 hrs. at nite, with a couple of 1 to 2-hr. naps during the day.
    It sounds like opioids might help, but you probably don’t want to deal with the stigma, (even if you could get your Dr. to prescribe them,) and then there’s the addiction factor to consider. They’ve cut my dosage levels so low that I could probably stop tomorrow with only the barest of withdrawal symptoms, and they are talking about eventually discontinuing them altogether in the near future, if these new meds help enough. But it’s like you and the muscle relaxers – they’re barely enough to provide much relief.

    I can only wish you well, and say, “hang in there, buddy.”

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    Comment by Dennis Cole — November 12, 2018 @ 11:46

    • Hello Dennis. I understand your neuropathy, have it in my feet also. Not as bad as you do, I have numbness, burning , and pain. Ron has it also. I tried Gabapentin but it causes spasms so I can not take it.

      As for Morphine I have been on them for years. My first time was from 1996 to 2004, and from 2006 until 2017. I don’t mind them but the dosage I was taking made it hard for me to function a lot of the time. Things like driving was not safe for me to do. I asked to come off them last year. Now I take tramadol, and 800 mg Ibuprofen and Flexeril. Use to take Soma which really helped but the state of Florida makes it hard for them to prescribe it. I was on Baclofen for a while and may go back to it. Thanks again for sharing. I am sorry you hurt also. Got to run to a dentist appointment. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — November 12, 2018 @ 12:09

  4. HUGS! I am so glad you have Ron to take such good care of you. Truer love could never be. big hugs and get some rest.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Michelle Styles — November 13, 2018 @ 11:38

    • He is a treasure and true love it is. Today I went with him to walmart to get soda. He says I don’t’ have to go because he knows I hate walmart with a passion. But it simply is not right for him to go alone if I have the ability to walk. I did to day so I went. That is what couples do for each other. But you know that , you have a grand relationship also. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — November 13, 2018 @ 13:27

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