As it seems to be for much of the lower half of WA, it's been cold, wet and windy. The fire has been keeping us warm, and we are not venturing outside much at the moment. My morning chore however, come rain or shine, is to tend to our feathered friends.
I've been through the many depths of hell over recent months with a condition that has caused me to have hardly any sleep. Finally I have a diagnosis, it's called Willis-Ekbom Syndrome, or as more commonly known; Restless Legs Syndrome. And what a pain in the arse it is.
I was spending up to three hours a night kicking my legs, stretching, walking around, riding the exercise bike, exercising, trying to sleep on the floor, the settee, the spare bed, the chair, until for some explicable reason, the creepy crawly or sort of crampy or electric shocklike or numb sensations in my legs (that are only relieved by constant movement) decide to settle down again, and in my exhausted state, after staggering around the house in the dark, I could finally sleep. And because it all seems so bizarre, it took me a while to go to the doctor, but as soon as I started stumbling over an explanation of what was going on, he knew exactly what was wrong with me.
So, I am now on a trial of different medications, and for the last ten days I have been on a low dose of a Parkison's drug, a type of dopamine, and it is an absolute miracle. From night two all the horror stopped and I have slept! Slept long and well. It's amazing, and wonderful. I just hope now that the drug, called pramipexole, will continue to do its magic for me. It has a list of side effects as long as your arm, but thankfully I don't seem to be being troubled by any, apart from a mild headache in the morning, but even that is getting better.
So, I am feeling so much better, so much so that I have decided to paint the bloody doors! It is an insidious and erratic condition and I hope it will stay under control.