A Whirlwind of Activity

Lynne Taetzsch Health Guide
  • We’ve had my husband Adrian’s oldest son and his two delightful daughters with us for the past six days. It’s been a whirlwind of fun activities—hiking, swimming, summer theatre, bridge, ping-pong, and Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2. Plus three meals a day, food shopping, umpteen loads in the dishwasher . . . you get the picture.

    It’s too much stimulation, and my schedule is out of whack. These folks are on California time, also, so we’ve been eating dinner at 9 or 10 pm and not getting to bed until midnight. Then I toss and turn, finally getting up and playing solitaire to relax. One night I took Ambien just to get some relief, but was exhausted the next day.
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    So what do I do to keep going? Drink more coffee, of course, when I am supposed to be limiting my caffeine intake. But coffee, tea and other stimulants can only do so much. I almost fell asleep during the first act of Sleuth last night. And it’s a great play! Fortunately, I had totally forgotten the movie version that came out years ago with Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier, so it was all still a surprise. I revived during intermission, enjoyed the second act immensely, and then was wide awake again at midnight playing solitaire.

    This morning I sent them all on an outing with Adrian. I needed to have a couple hours of quiet time to get my thoughts together and calm down. The trouble is, I hate to miss anything, so even though I know I need a more regular schedule, I keep pushing. They’ll be going home the day after tomorrow, so then I should be able to get “back to normal.” Except that the next day, we’re flying to Portland, Maine to meet another one of Adrian’s sons and his family for a week.

    No rest for the manic.

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Published On: June 27, 2006