This morning my husband had an appointment at the doctor’s, and I was going to go with him (I usually do).
The problem was, he was too tired to drive (he does all the driving, as I hate to drive). Actually, he was too tired to function at all!
See, he only got two hours of sleep last night! Usually his sleep medication works, but last night it just didn’t work, and he pretty much just tossed and turned all night.
This is really bad for him (as it is for me when it happens to me), as he has bipolar disorder, too. And he cherishes his sleep as much as I do.
We watch our sleep like hawks, because when this happens too many days in a row, it pretty much guarantees a manic episode will follow.
The thing was, he was really trying to drive to his appointment, as it was an important one, and one we have waited two months for.
But he could barely keep his eyes open. So when he said to me, “I’m sorry, but I’m dangerous. I shouldn’t be on the road,” I agreed that we should turn around and go back home.
When we got home, he went to bed, and I went to the phone and rescheduled his doctor’s appointment.
He is still sleeping as I write this blog entry.
The thing is, at first I was aggravated, because we had waited so long for this appointment and it was important. And we had other errands to run after the appointment as well.
Then I thought about how petty I was being. After all, I reasoned, I was just a little inconvenienced. We could go grocery shopping later, after he got some more sleep.
The important thing was that he did get that catchup sleep.
We do have to keep our priorities in order. And sleep is a big priority.
Because, like I said, if you go too long without it, it can definitely lead to a bipolar episode.
I mean, there are other things that are just as, if not more important, like taking your medication, of course.
But sleep ranks right up there.
Wishing you joy and stability,
Remember God loves you and so do I,