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Fun Facts about Selena
My wonderfully unique name, Selena, comes from Greek origins. I wrote a post about the meaning of my name which you can read here. Now despite my name, I am not of Greek descent. Apparently Selena caught my mother's eye as she flipped through the pages of a book of baby names.
The weird thing about having a Greek name is that I get spam mail written in Greek, which of course I cannot read.
A Hand on Fire
Wednesday evening I experienced a disturbing form of neuropathic pain: the palm of my right hand literally felt like it was on fire.
It all started when I decided to give my husband a nice little break from doing the dishes. The warm water hitting my right hand set this whole pain in motion. It's like my right hand overreacted and miscalculated just how warm the water was.
My left hand said to my brain, "It's tolerably warm."
My right hand said, "This water is scalding hot!"
What did I do? Well, I tried very hard to tell my brain that my right hand was playing tricks on it. I held an ice pack in both hands. I noted how the left and right hands felt, then I told my brain, "The left hand is correct. The right hand is mistaken." I repeated the exercise, placing both hands on my warm cheeks, on the cool leather living room couch and on my warm and fuzzy black cat.
The good news is that the searing, burning pain eventually went away by the time I woke up on Thursday. It was beyond weird and I'm still not sure what caused it. I did however have a wonder-filled time experimenting with it, trying to convince my brain it was interpreting the signals it was getting incorrectly.
I've Fallen Asleep and I Can't Wake Up
Sleep is always a dicey proposition with me, but this past week it seemed like waking up was getting harder and harder to do too. I even asked my husband to rouse me over the weekend in an attempt to try and get back on a more normal schedule. Problem was, I got to the couch and promptly fell back asleep.
I worried I might be getting sick with a cold. I dreaded that the extra sleepiness was a sign a flare-up was on the way. I even considered searching Google to see if this was a weird symptom of a new sleep disorder...
Then I read someone's tweet on Twitter. They remarked that taking their meds late the night before made for a very sleep morning the next day. After reading this I experienced one of those light bulb moments. I realized I was doing exactly the same thing.
All I can say is I follow some pretty wonderfully helpful people on Twitter.