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I can\’t sleep.

For once in my life, I have insomnia. I am usually a GREAT sleeper. John says it is one of my talents. I can fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, and I\’ve been known to sleep through earthquakes.

Not tonight. Tonight, I am wide awake. I think I know why…I\’ve been off caffeine for about a week and a half. I was drinking a cup or two (or three ) of coffee in the morning, then multiple Diet Cokes throughout the day. However, post-op, I kind of went cold turkey. Coffee hurt to drink and tasted funny, and I was down to less than one Diet Coke a day. Tonight, I had a coffee craving, so I cranked up the Senseo and made myself some yummy mocha-hazelnut-vanilla stuff. I only drank about half, and that was five hours ago. I overestimated my tolerance, I think! The caffeine compounded with the totally out-of-whack sleep pattern I\’ve fallen into since my surgery has got me really wound up.

I am so wired that I actually got out of bed at 12:30 to put some laundry in!!! John woke up and saw the light on in there and got worried…and rightly so. I don\’t spend much time in the laundry room, as evidenced by the mounds of dirty clothes in the floor. I was sick of staring at the clock and I figured I\’d better do something productive.

Now, I think I\’ll curl up on the couch and see what\’s on television at this ungodly hour. I\’m going to regret this tomorrow…

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Elly Gilbert

READER & WRITER OF HAPPILY EVER AFTERS