OK, so I mentioned about a week and a half ago that I’ve started using sleep aids. I’ve only taken them twice so far. I don’t want to be addicted to them. The thing is, I kind of have to plan ahead to use them. I’m afraid to take it unless I know for sure that I’m going to be able to sleep at least 8 hours. I’m just trying to use them to catch up on sleep about once per week.
The pills I’m using are Lunesta. I really like it, so far. I was always afraid to take sleeping pills, because I was afraid that they would drop me like one of those bears you see being darted on the news. It’s not like that at all. It very gently lowers me into a nice comfortable sleep. It definitely doesn’t feel like normal falling asleep, but it’s not like I feel like I’ve been hit over the head with something either.
And when I wake up in the morning, it’s almost exactly the reverse. It’s the slow rising up. It’s not like I suddenly spring awake or like I have to pull myself out of a cave of sleep, either. It’s just gentle.
The one side effect, though, is that I wake up with this very strange bitter taste in the back of my mouth, and I have cotton mouth all the next day. It could be worse, I think.
Cancer has touched my life in several ways in the last year. I’ve lost two family members, and a third was diagnosed and is fighting multiple myeloma. It’s depressing to think about, and I worry about it. I worry about my family. I’ve got a strong connection to my family, I think, and I always want the best for them. I think the feeling is mutual. They are all just about the most important thing I have in the world.
The simple fact is, though, that there is not much I can do. But I have to do something. So this afternoon, I busted out the credit card for a good cause.
Today, I sponsored my cousins in The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
And while I was at it, I also sponsored my friend Hill for the AIDS/LifeCycle.
So if you’re feeling gifty . . .
And if you’re really broke, maybe there’s something you can donate that’s free. I started a few months ago by donating my hair to Locks of Love.
I don’t normally go for action flicks so much. I do go for John Cusack, though. So, I may just go and see this one. It seems like a redux of his character from Grosse Pointe Blank, as he’s playing a hit man. His handler is even being played by sister Joan, again. And then there’s Hillary Duff, who I have a weird affinity for, even though I shouldn’t. Does it make it OK if I’m also drawn to Ben Kingsley, who also stars.
Anyway, the movie is called “War, Inc.” and it’s due in theaters this July.
Here’s the trailer.