Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wanted: A day when I can actually sleep in!!!

I'm tired. I've had to get up between 7 and 7:30 every morning for the past week (it seems... might only be five days). I'm sure to many of you working folks that sounds like a luxury, but I'm used to getting to sleep until at least 9 AM. I have cancer, give me a break!

The weekend would normally be a good time to sleep in, but I spent an epically long day in synagogue on Saturday because it was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when Jews atone for our sins. This is perhaps worthy of it's own post, because although I sat in services for hours on end, it didn't do a lot for me. Honestly, how much can I possibly have to atone for? I spent most of the past year in a hospital!

Not only do I have to wake up freaking early for the rest of this week too, including Saturday, but it's a mega-treatment week. I had a lumbar puncture with chemo yesterday (no leukemia found in the spinal fluid, yay!), chemo from now through Saturday morning (at 8 AM so that we can hit the road for my brother's football game), and ECP tomorrow and Thursday. At least these all involve sitting in chairs, which is hopefully conducive for napping.

Good news from the weekend: my brother had a great game! Yes, he rejected the cultural heritage left to him by Sandy Koufax and played on Yom Kippur, but apparently G-d smiled on him and he ran back a blocked field goal attempt 75 yards for a touchdown, had an interception, a blocked pass, and several tackles. That G-d, such a jokester. My brother skips services and has a great game, I sit through them and get nothing spiritual out of it at all and a couple of completely ridiculous sermons to boot. That'll teach me to try to be a good Jew!

7 comments:

kiwi in france said...

Ahh poor you! I go to bed late and sleep late and every morning I fight with my alarm... I "try" and wake up around 7.30am but in reality it's always closer to 9am except when I have a physio appt. Hopefully you'll get a sleep-in day soon, bon courage!

getyourselfconnected said...

I hear you on the sleep thing. I got sucked into the Saints monday night game until the end (at 12:30am), probably fell asleep at 1am, then got up for work at 5am. Not a fun Tuesday.

Wow, a day of atonement? I would have to rent space for a while!

Sorry it was a rough time, you are made of steel it seems. Great news for your brother, can he start this weekend for the Patriots at left conerback?

au soleil levant said...

Kim - I'm totally the same way. I really like staying up late, but then I pay for it when I have to get up in the morning! Hope you get some good sleep this week!

GYSC - those Monday and Sunday night football games are killer, you really pay for them in the morning! I'll ask my brother if he's free on Sunday to play for the Pats :)

Zhu said...

Ah, that sucks. Getting up early is a chore for me. I'm useless before 9 am... And I sleep too late. My Latin genes, for sure.

au soleil levant said...

Glad I'm not the only one who needs to sleep in late!

Monique said...

Congrats to your brother! :) Do you get to see him play?? Also, if you can't sleep in, you know, you could just brush up on that French of yours!! What do you use to study/keep up with French? :)

au soleil levant said...

I went to see him play this weekend! I will probably go to the rest of their home games this year, but we'll see. You know, that's an excellent reminder that I have some French language apps on my iTouch and I should use them when I'm sitting around in infusion! I have France Radio and France 24. Otherwise I just watch news or movies on my computer or do some reading (same collection of short stories for the past year!). Any tips?