Well, it’s around 2:30 Wednesday morning and I’ve already been good and awake for an hour. For me … one of the time-delayed side effects of chemo.
I say time-delayed because it’s been a week since I began my last chemo treatment and five days since the treatment ended with the removal of my infusion pump … yet after two short hours of sleep here I am wide awake for the third morning in a row. And I probably have one or two more nights like this ahead of me this week … then like clockwork it will go to the other extreme with me finding it difficult of get out of bed before 9am.
Anybody out there dealing/or having dealt with cancer and chemo experience this sleep deprivation problem?
It usually doesn’t take long for me to realize I might as well get up for a couple of hours until I become drowsy again. I usually fill those hours with reading and writing … some of my best blog entries are written in the middle of the night.
Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if Jesus is waking me up because that’s the only time He can get my undivided attention … and we really do have some good conversations in the wee hours of these mornings. From that regard perhaps its more blessing than side effect …
After all Scripture does teach that we will find rest for our souls IN Jesus.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
What other passages of Scripture come to mind regarding sleep and rest?
What are some of your success secrets for getting a good night of sleep?
Would love to hear from you …
BTW … on the bright side, other than this side effect I had a super quick recovery from this last chemo treatment … thank you Lord for carrying me through chemo once again!
Sleepless in Georgia …