Thursday, August 16, 2007

Restless Legs

I go through some periods of sleeping really well, then having trouble sleeping, or getting to sleep. A couple of years ago when I was still recovering from surgery I really struggled getting to sleep. I was uncomfortable, and not physically tired...

I started noticing EVERYTHING. Sara (the dog) snoring. So loud sometimes I'd have to put her bed in the dog room (God forbid the dogs sleep in their room) because I couldn't stand the noise. I'd hear cars drive by. One of the most annoying things? Shane would twitch like every :20. NON-STOP. ALL.NIGHT.LONG. I'd just start to get to sleep, when sure enough his tourette like movements would sure enough wake me right back up.

I'd eventually wake him up to stop the twitching, only to be yelled at or receive a child like temper tantrum...

Little did I know his condition was contagious. Really... I thought it was just him, but now, now I am thoroughly convinced that this has moved on to everyone in this family.

Shane, me, Baxter, Abby & even Sara....

During Ironman training Shane would end up waking ME up saying I was kicking him or twitching, or whatever.... Of course I wouldn't believe him, after all - he's the one with Touretts!

BUT, now, now we're experiencing a whole new situation. Shane is recovering from surgery. No activity = no tiredness = less running for dogs = crazy dogs = crazy Shane = Crazy DOG MOM!

What makes this worse? Me tapering for a race this weekend = less running = less cross-training = less dog & dog mom activity = RESTLESS LEGS!

I swear it's true. I've been laying on the couch at night, watching TV, drinking a glass of wine.. the usual :-).... and my legs just can't sit still. I'm rested. I'm bored. I'm ready to do this race & then get home so I can get back on my schedule.

The dogs are bored, especially with only one of us to run them lately. Abby is feeling better so she's reverting back to her puppyish ways.

Baxter has gotten into some great doggy-running shape & he is reverting back to puppy like ways. He's actually ACTING like a dog and playing with toys, antagonizing the other 2.... looking for trouble.

Guess he's bored too.

See what I mean. 2 crazy dogs + 2 crazy Ironman + not enough exercise = ONE RESTLESS HOUSEHOLD!

Did you know there is actually a "Restless Leg Syndrome"?

Check it out.... I think I can verify each and every symptom.....

6 comments:

Erin said...

Just found your site and love it! And is that a Vizsla you have?!? I have one, and in a week, will be adding one more to the clan. Can't wait. They're just such uniquely wonderful (i.e. quirky) dogs.

I'm glad to be checking in here -- keep up the great training!

ironshane said...

As usual... it's all MY fault? How do you figure that one?!? :) I think Sara started it...

Bigun said...

there are pills for that...i saw a commercial the other night for RLS. Then, there's the couch...

IronJenny said...

hmmm. I get that [very] occasionally, and it feels like my foot wants to jump up into my leg. Is that waht if feels like to you?
My general rule of thumb is that if you're drunk enough you can sleep through anything. I'm starting to think that's my problem in all areas of my life. I need to drink more.
Take 3 shots of tequila and let me know what happens.

Mary Sunshine said...

I thought dogs were supposed to HELP you sleep...

GREAT BLOG!

I'm a mom of rescue schnauzers, Greta and Sophie-Ethel...they snore but it's a good kind of snoring.

will read more of your blog soon!

T-Storms said...

Oh my god! I about died when I saw an ad on t.v. for a drug to help releive these symptoms! I had no idea there was "a name!" I simply thought I was crazy and/or my age was just catching up with me.