A Good Night’s Sleep – Hopefully.

Since about two months ago I have been having constant pain in the upper back and finally it was diagnosed about two weeks ago as fibromyalgia. During the day time it is manageable but when I sleep if I have either the fan on or the air conditioner on, the pain increases and affects my sleep. If I don’t use either, mosquitoes trouble me and disturb the sleep. This year particularly, due to heavy pollution of our rivers with water hyacinth which is being removed but not as fast as I would like, the mosquito menace is higher than normal.

When we had first moved into our present home 28 years ago, we were more or less on the fringes of our city abutting farm lands, stud farms and woods. At that time since mosquito repellents were not available, we had taken recourse to nets. After a while we stopped using the nets as repellents were available but, now I find that my COPD gets aggravated if repellents are used. I therefore decided to go back to the good old mosquito nets and my daughter in love happily tooted off earlier this afternoon to fetch me one from the city.

The net hangs from a hook on the ceiling. The hook was inserted in 1990 when we had just bought the house. It is still strong enough to support the weight of the net!

Behind the bed to the right you can see parts of a chest of drawers. That is an antique piece made in Rhodesia in the fifties of the last century. I purchased it from a home returning expat in 1975 when it was already a quarter century old. It is still sturdy and very serviceable. Just above the chest you can see parts of a photograph. That is of my late wife Urmeela. From wherever she is, she would be happy to see me going back to the mosquito net!

I hope to be able to sleep soundly tonight.

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31 Responses to A Good Night’s Sleep – Hopefully.

  1. nick says:

    I hope you sleep soundly. Disrupted sleep always leaves me a bit washed out the next day.

    I’d never heard of water hyacinths. They sound like quite a menace. Wikipedia tells me they’re one of the fastest growing plants in the world, growing anything up to 5 metres a day. No wonder there are so many in your photo.
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    • They are clogging up our rivers badly and grow because fertilisers used in farms drain into our rivers and encourage their growth. Apart from removing them physically and drying them up on land, no other solution has been found as yet.

  2. tammy j says:

    I didn’t know about water hyacinths either!
    we fought red algae here one year on a lot of our lakes. it was terrible.
    I’m so glad you have your mosquito net now. it makes me think of Out of Africa.
    a beautiful film. I see it’s almost 10 o’clock at night there.
    sleep well Rummy!
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    • tammy j says:

      i just saw a commercial for a prescription for fibromyalgia on tv.
      never usually pay that much attention. but i watched it. and oh my.
      since the nerve endings are so close and connected all over our bodies … it must be terribly painful for you. i’m so sorry you have to have that Rummy.
      i imagine you’re looking at it philosophically as you do everything.
      still… as the kids said or maybe still say… it just sucks!
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      • My doctor informs me that apart from pain killers nothing yet has come into the market for fm. I don’t intend getting hooked on pks and as you say, I stoically put up with the discomfort. It sucks is an understatement!

    • Water hyacinth is clogging up our rivers badly and grow because fertilisers used in farms drain into our rivers and encourage their growth. Apart from removing them physically and drying them up on land, no other solution has been found as yet.

      I slept much better last night than I have recently been able to. Thank you.

  3. Liz Hinds says:

    A net I am sure is far better for you than chemicals. I hope you manage to sleep well.

  4. I’m also sorry to hear of your fibromyalgia. Kaitlin has problems with that too, it’s nasty stuff.

    Andy and I slept under mosquito nets once, down in East Africa. We were happy to have them! I also remember they had a lot of lizards crawling on the walls, presumably to eat insects.

    I sure hope you can get back to sleeping. I had insomnia for years and I’m grateful that it’s mostly gone now. I don’t take it for granted.
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    • I am indeed sorry to hear that Kaitlin suffers from FM. I can well imagine what she must be going through.

      I slept well last night and I think that I have found the right solution finally.

  5. shackman says:

    Sleeping well is definitely the thing miss the most about getting older. I find I often sleep better in my recliner so I just crash in the living room with whatever music floats my boat on that particular night and things are usually better the next AM,

    • I have my mid morning nap on my recliner and quite enjoy the experience. Unfortunately, I can’t do that in the nights for the same reasons of being bothered by mosquitoes!

  6. We slept under those tents in Africa. I hope you get a wonderful night’s sleep!
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  7. Looney says:

    May you have a good sleep. I will likely have dreams of mosquitos swarming around my head now. My daughter moved to a place which has 55 species of mosquitos, which causes me great conflict when I think of visiting my grandkids.
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    • Ursula says:

      What’s the USP of that place your daughter moved to – other than keeping her father at a distance?

      Dear Looney, forgive me for laughing at the picture you painfully paint: I have you down as so totally cool, calm and collected it seems somewhat incongruous that mosquitoes have the power to unsettle you. I think you the type of guy who’d reason with them (at their level), showing them the error of their ways. Come to think of it, Ramana (and the Angel) might join you and try some guided meditation on the bastards; pre-empting the sting as it were.

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    • Thank you Looney. I slept well last night and I hope that I will henceforth be able to every night. I strongly recommend advising your daughter to equip herself and her family with nets and also for the guest room when you visit.

  8. Ursula says:

    So sorry to hear about the pain. Must be awful if you can’t get away from it. If the worst comes to the worst there is always morphine. Such a comforting thought.

    As to sleep: Mosquito nets are somewhat romantic. Which, no doubt, does little to offset the beasts’ unsettling buzzing noise. Mosquitoes are a bit like mice. You can hear them in the dark. As soon as you put the light on to hunt them down it all goes quiet. Mice are cute, mosquitoes are the devil’s invention.

    Next time you recline, Ramana, I hope sleep will not elude you.

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  9. definitely know all about FM – I don’t suffer from that but it is often linked to my ME/CFIDS

    but I do know all about sleep issues…somehow I work with a “flow” system, so if I need to kip during the day I do. But I’m often awake early because of vehicles leaving the other flat…

    sounds like mossie-net is going to interesting, I hope it helps…you might like to look for some alternative ideas for helping you get to sleep easier with the FM…

    • Alternatives are painkillers cum sleeping tablets. I would rather not sleep! The net solved my problem and I slept well last night. Thank you.

      • I don’t take sleeping tablets either – but I was thinking more along the lines of what you are “lying on” or have over you “covering wise” – not referencing the net though… but looks like the Net was the solution…

  10. Anna says:

    And I hope you will sleep well as well, all the nights from now on. We seem to have a lot in common in spite of the different countries and now I discovered that we even have COPD in common.

    • I got my COPD thanks to years of smoking. I quit too late. I have no regrets. As long as I don’t exert myself much, it does not bother me unduly. I slept well last night and I am sure that I will henceforth thanks to the net.

  11. kylie says:

    COPD, fibromyalgia, mosquitos……
    is there no end to the irritations?

    I’m finding our summer to be the worst I remember: if the doors are open the mosquitos eat everyone alive, if the doors are shut it’s like a sauna inside, the 20+ year old fan which appeared to be going on forever just stopped. It must have been this way before but maybe I’m becoming intolerant.

    I hope you geta long and satisying sleep!
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    • I can add a few more irritants to the list Kylie and I will do so at an appropriate time. I slept well last night and I am sure that I will henceforth thanks to the net.

  12. Conrad Hske says:

    We have seen the price a person pays for chronic pain through Carly and my heart goes out to you! I send what healing and soothing energy that is mine to give for these maladies of the body. You’ve had more than your share, my friend.

  13. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    You suffer from fibromyalgia? I am so sorry to hear that as I know it is very uncomfortable (a friend of mine, back in Portugal, suffers from the same condition).

    Ah, the mosquito net: any African is familiar with it. I hope you are getting a good night sleep now, my friend. It is vital to get a proper rest.

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