The case of elusive sleep

Yellow Button Studio

It’s amazing how we take certain things for granted. For me, it was sleep, or the lack thereof.

For the whole of last week, I was absolutely miserable. I thought I had already began to recover from a bad bout of flu that had sprung up on me a few weeks ago, only to be replaced by a horrendous cough that woke me up every 10 minutes of shutting my eyes. And this is no dry cough either – it’s a VERY productive cough that made the back of my throat spew out sputum like it was going out of fashion.

Within five days of getting a mere 3 hours of sleep everyday, I was bushwhacked. The coughing fits also gave my abs a good workout and the lack of sleep made me lose a good few pounds (although those won’t quite be missed!) In between my irritating throat infection, I was going through an impossible patch with my laptop – I’ve sent it off to the workshop for repairs a total of three times because of an unresolved issue that has turned my schedule and work upside down.

So I became a zombie for a week, and an ill-equipped one at that. Work was horrifically slow, so my sketchbook was a constant companion (because that’s the only thing I could count on that won’t break down, how ironic.) I’m thankful that DropBox made the transitions a little easier, but I was essentially a nomad for more than a month – and I’m still one.

After going through a bit of a rough patch for the past few weeks, you can imagine my joy at having being able to sleep for a couple of hours at a stretch a few nights ago. Sure, I did wake up a few times, but at least I could shut my eyes off for more than 15 minutes at a stretch. Soon after, every night’s sleep inched a little closer to normal, with the occasional hacking and near-choking episodes that woke me up tapering off (much to my delight!). And just two days ago, I began to sleep soundly through the night.

You can’t imagine my joy of being able to sleep uninterrupted. So much so that the first thought upon opening my eyes were “HURRAH!”, followed by bouts of goofy smiles all day – ecstatic at the knowledge that I won’t be waffling around in a haze. I’m strutting around as though I’m wearing a superhero cape that imbued me with clarity of mind. It’s amazing how we take normal things – like sleep – for granted.

Next up: getting my laptop back, or at least exchange it for a new one because this nuisance has gone on for long enough. Good thing I’ve got my superhero cape, so bring it on.

What’s eluding you lately?

Have a great Monday ahead folks, and here’s to small steps!

Let Her Sleep print by Yellow Button Studio.

8 Replies to “The case of elusive sleep”

  1. Wow Amy, you poor kid! The image of the ill-equipped zombie almost sounds comical, if it weren’t so sad. I’m glad you are feeling better and have a new lease on life :)!

  2. Anna Denise says:

    Awww that sucks Amy! I’m sorry you felt so terrible AND your laptop broke. Glad you’re feeling better now and I hope your laptop will be back in action soon as well.

    Actually, I know exactly how you feel as I’ve been going through something similar. Our apartment had to suddenly be renovated so I didn’t have a shower or a proper house. Everything was in boxes and I’m still not sure where half of my things are. On top of that, I have allergic asthma and couldn’t sleep because of the dust. And oh yeah, the public transport went on strike for a full week. And my phone broke. All in the same week. Ugh.

    So yeah, I can relate.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Oh Amy! Worst sickness ever (well except those stomach bugs). The coughing is the worst…glad to know you are headed back to wellness! Time to myself and my art eludes me right now! Sigh…treading on ;0)

  4. Oh dear you poor poor thing!!! It’s no fun losing sleep over a horrid cough! I’m just getting a cold and was up half the night, last night with a really sore throat that feels like razor baldes everytime I swallow… ouch 🙁

    So glad you are better now and can enjoy a full nights sleep that you can take for granted again!! Can’t wait til I can too 🙂

  5. Petra says:

    That is terrible, pffff, hope everything’s allright now… I’ve had the luck last year to not get ill or get a cough or anything, but I did get a tailbone concussion last november, so everytime when I sit longer than 3 hours it hurts :< and it takes a very long time to recover if it even recovers at all.

    But you know, everything is allright in the end, when I have enough money I’ll buy a decent chair for myself, that would help ;).

  6. alison says:

    Coughs are truly evil! Good to hear you’re feeling better 🙂

  7. Bailey says:

    I found this photo on Pinterest and fell in love. I wanted to share it on my blog post I am publishing today because it fits with the topic of discussion. I wanted to give credit where it was deserved & I am so happy that I was linked back here! You are very talented and I love your work. I hope you are feeling much better and that today brings lots of good things to you xoxo

  8. I want to thank you for featuring my print on your blog 🙂

    And hope you are feeling better too 🙂

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