Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Thank you, friends, for your support yesterday. At one point in the morning, between schlepping most of the boxes out to the van (We packed the van and Doug's car and Geoff had to ride with a box on his lap. We had many discussions about owning too many clothes and not eating groceries that I brought.) and cleaning the floor of the bathroom -- with swiffer wipes, I'm not nuts -- I leaned on my broom and read a few of your comments. They kept me going, so I thank you.

After noon we met the new landlord to get the key and saw the new apartment for the first time. It was clean, thank goodness. It's in an eleven-floor (he's on the 11th floor) enclosed secure building. It's still a campus apartment (and it's expensive) but at least it's not dirty and it's in a safe location on the campus. It sits right on the river that runs through campus, has a nice green space, and is just minutes from the agriculture campus where his classes are. I am well pleased. He sounded happy today and I know that his roommates have been on his nerves for a while. I'm sure he's been on their nerves, too.

I came home around 5 in the afternoon to a messy kitchen. Why was I surprised, you ask? I don't know. Maybe because my husband was home all afternoon, but mostly the mess was the boys'. I wasn't happy. I went to the shower and then faced the kitchen (after issuing dire warnings that were mostly ignored). I fixed dinner and then sat knitting with my feet in epsom salt water, while watching the American Colony (My one show that I recently started watching -- interesting. That's all I'll say.).

 I went to bed around 10 and read for a while.  My legs were so jumpy I was afraid I'd have trouble sleeping. I took two Tylenol PM and turned out the lights. Some people, who shall remain nameless, woke me repeatedly while yelling at cheering for the Reds. I fell asleep, but my body flopped around like a fish out of water. It's an odd feeling having your head deeply asleep, but your body wide awake. At 1:30 I got out of bed because I couldn't stand it any more. I went to the kitchen, ate a banana (in case I was potassium deficient), chewed two L-theanine tablets and drank a glass of water. Then I wrapped my body up tightly and sat with a boring book until my eyes would not stay open. I went to bed, slipped a wrapped bar of soap between the mattress and the box springs, and put my heavy quilt, doubled over on my side of the bed (supposedly weighing down your legs helps). I guess I was supposed to put the soap under the sheet. I am desperate.

In the last three weeks since I cut wheat out of my diet I have had, every night, to some degree, restless legs. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? Last night was one of the worst. I don't know if I was overtired, if I overexerted myself yesterday, sweat too much. Whatever it was it was bad. I wanted to throw that bar of soap at someone.

Any readers get restless legs? I never did until a few weeks ago.


  1. My husband does...His legs jumping wakes me up sometimes. He had a sleep study done..not sure what came of it.
    This sounds horrible. Hope something or someone helps you soon.

  2. I think your muscles were tired. Please tell me that you didn't walk up 11 floors all afternoon! Please tell me there was an elevator...right?
    Do enjoy baths? Or, do you know anyone with a hot tub? The water always relaxes my muscles. Dr. Nancy suggests 1 hour in a hot bath with one glass of wine!

  3. Regarding American Colony... We live in an area where many Hutterite colonies have settled and they seem to be very nice respectful people. They have come out in the local paper (and to my husband- they are some of his grain customers). That the show is highly staged and sensationalized probably like most reality shows. Most colonies are not like that one.

  4. I got restless legs during my last 2 pregnancies, but thank goodness it went away. My neighbor gets it, and she discovered that it is worse when she has sugar in the evening. I think I took Tylenol for it and that helped, but it is such an odd suffering, but it IS a suffering! Praying that today is calmer and more peaceful! {Hugs!}

  5. I get that sometimes when I am dozing off, but not usually when in the bed. It's worst in the car (when I am a passenger on a long ride and falling asleep.)

  6. Oh, Barbara. I'm so sorry. Not being able to sleep when you're very tired is miserable. I know I don't need to tell you to "offer it up", but it's what my husband would tell me. Don't let your suffering go to waste. You continue to be in my prayers. God bless you.


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