Day 85: Plans

I am not a crazy cat lady. No, I am a crazy animal lady. I take care of feral and stray animals at home and at work. My Amazon Smile charity is an animal shelter. I shipped 100lbs of dry cat food from Amazon to a lady that takes care of a huge colony of feral cats…that’s only about a week’s worth of meals. I also carry cat and dog food in my car. I spent a couple of hours last night and tonight trying to make “friends” with a couple cats that have started showing up for kitty dinners after I get home from work. I think they’re litter mates and completely adorable. And pretty friendly. That’s just 1 of the reasons that I don’t always get around to writing at night. No, it’s 1 of the excuses I use to not write. I have to write in spite of doing these things. There are always going to be things that get in the way of our writing. We have to find a way around them. Through them. Under or over them. I do have some issues that I really don’t know how to do this with however. I have 3 sleep disorders for which my neurologist has medicated me. I have insomnia so I have a difficult time falling asleep at night. I have delayed sleep phase syndrome which means that my brain’s and body’s sleep cycle is off. My natural pattern is to stay up until about 4:00am and sleep until around 10:00am. I also have narcolepsy. So I take meds to go to sleep, to stay asleep and to stay awake. How messed up is that? The problem is that I have to stay consistent with my meds or it will throw everything off. Very seldom do I make it to midnight and just dragging myself out of bed in time for work is torture. It took my neurologist about 10 years of trial and error with medications to get me to the point where my sleep clock is set right. I don’t want to have to go back to square 1 again. So I have to figure out how to work with it. Well, I am about to crash hard so I’ll have to think about it in the morning and come up with a plan.

About Donna Heilman

I am a writer that lives in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex with my husband, 3 dogs, and 6 cats. I am currently working on my novel, Rapture, as well as writing poetry and some short non-fiction. I am honestly writing this blog to feel more connected with other creative people.
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