the Ravell’d Sleeve of Care

Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast,–”

– Macbeth, Act II, Scene II

No, I’m not going to belabor you with Shakespeare (not on this page, anyway :). But he’s got a point: if you can’t get any decent sleep, you, and your health, are destined for some serious trouble.

I have a tough time getting any decent sleep; not because I’ve been sneaking around Glamis Castle murdering people; but because I have severe, disabling Fibromyalgia. (If I were sneaking around Glamis Castle murdering people, at least I could stop. Fibromyalgia isn’t curable, and it’s darned difficult to treat  effectively.)

During the day, everyone incurs tiny little micro-tears in muscle and tissue. In most people, these are repaired during the body’s deep sleep cycle. Since I often don’t get that deep, restorative sleep, my body can’t make those repairs, and deep muscle pain is part of my everyday life.

Sometimes I think I can actually feel my “sleeve of care” unraveling, the edges fraying, the torn ends of the broken threads snagging against the minutiae of the day’s activity; and never being “knit up” again before the next day’s dose of wear and tear.

So “Ravell’d Sleeve of Care” is my place to whine, complain, and rant about my illness, its symptoms, and the difficulties it creates. It’s my own whiney, depressing, and extremely self-indulgent pity party, so, thus disclaimed, read the pages linked to below at your own risk. :)


An Old, Old Whine

Not A “Good” Day

Thank You for Your Concern…


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