Finally, I’ve found something that helps me sleep. It’s effects will probably fade, as my old standby, fruitcake, finally has, but for now, it works.
Monday night, did all the usual stuff – sleeping tablets, fruitcake, reading in bed for an hour or so – and at 03.30 I was still wide awake and hurting badly.
Got up, snagged a tub of cottage cheese and a spoon, went back to bed. Ate the cheese and was asleep before 04.00.
Last night, exhausted after a shitty day and in terrible pain (taken my Oramorph this morning, and I still am, though it did make getting up easier), I had neither the strength nor the inclination to pig out on cake or cheese, just went to bed, read until I couldn’t hold my Kindle any longer, then tried to sleep.
03.30, back in the kitchen, tub of cottage cheese, packet of sour cream and chive thins – major pig-out. Back to bed – crashed – out cold for 90 minutes. Might not sound like much, but compared to what I’ve had lately, it was a major achievement!
Seeing I was awake at around 05.40 I took my 06.00 meds – they always make me sleep – unhelpfully! Slept fitfully until 07.30, gave up, took my Oramorph, read until it kicked in then got up without my usual agonised scream.
The reason for that is my clockwork bed is set up so that, while I sleep (ha!), the accumulated fluid drains from my legs overnight. The downside to that is, as soon as I stand up, it all rushes back. Of course, the oedema has gone down, there’s no room for it, and it has to force its way into my tissues, and the result is instantly excruciating and the scream, try as I might not to, entirely involuntary.
I’m also back – when I do manage to sleep – to screaming myself awake in the night pretty much every time I move my right leg in my sleep, even though it’s braced with a pillow to minimise movement. Probably pisses off my neighbours but as they’re both noisy bastards I really don’t care.
So, anyway, cottage cheese – specifically Longley Farm 6% fat** cottage cheese – appears to have a soporific effect so for as long as it lasts I’ll capitalise on it.
**I cannot abide low-fat crap, it’s an abomination, lacks taste (fat is a major taste component), has a piss-poor mouth-feel and just generally sucks. If you want to eat less fat, fine, just eat full fat food but not as much – you’ll enjoy it far more.
The downside is that there are only two local sources, Sainsbury’s and Asda. Last week I ordered 6 tubs from Sainsbury’s – they only had one! I have had words!
They persuaded me to commit to a year’s delivery charges in advance (with a hefty discount), and on only the second order, fucked up badly. The problem – and I’ve had this argument with Sainsbury’s managers for years when I was able to shop in person – is that restocking is done according to zones.
If, say, zone A, where the cottage cheese lives, is empty today but not due to be restocked until tomorrow, but zone B is almost full but due today, zone B will be topped up but zone A will stay empty. And that is so fucking brain-dead stupid it beggars belief. A point I made in an email to Sainsbury’s a couple of days ago. If I get a reply I’ll publish it.
Sainsbury’s have overnight restocking crews in their stores and, regardless of “zones” every bloody empty space should be filled up overnight to that when they open for business there are no shortages. However, given that I always got there for opening time I know for a fact that this didn’t happen and frankly, Sainsbury’s, there is no excuse.
By the way, you might feel that this is a bit of a major strop over just cottage cheese, but there is no “just” about it. Longley Farm is the best cottage cheese available, bar none. It’s full-fat, a rarity, and is not diluted with milk – its curds are almost solid, with just enough proper cream to lubricate them, and not too much salt. It’s the only cottage cheese I can eat. I have a tub every day – or every night now – for the calcium, as well as its newly-found sleeping properties, and yes, not getting it IS a big deal.