Friday, January 28, 2011

Bits and Pieces: The Weird and the Wonderful

Selena kisses Endymion while he's asleepImage via Wikipedia
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.

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Anonymous said...

Selena, I enjoyed the story about your name and your beautiful pictures. Did you like having a name no one else had? I never knew another Maureen until I was an adult. I loved it when I was a kid. I have always liked my name, I used to tell my Mom she did a good job at choosing mine.

That thing with your hand...weird but scary at the same time. Isn't it something what our bodies can cook up sometimes! Hope it doesn't happen again!

mo #13

Selena said...

I too love having a distinctive name, although it was much mispronounced when I was in school. I also love that you sign your comments Mo #13. I am never going to forget you, my lucky number 13. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Felicia Fibro said...

That stinks that you not only have to get spam in English, but also in Greek!

I've never had an experience like your describe with your hands. I love the process of what you did to try to overcome it though! Please share with us any insight your doctors have on the episode.

I love how we can all learn from each other and find new things to try!