Most people who’ve spent more than a few nights in the hospital are familiar with the crushing weight of insomnia. I had sleeping issues before I was admitted. Now, halfway into my fourth month here, I’m as likely to be awake at 3 a.m., as I am to be asleep. Which is to say, what I call a decent night’s sleep nowadays is a few uninterrupted hours between 2:00— 6:00 a.m., when they wake me for meds, blood draw, etc. If I’m able to fall back to sleep, I might manage an hour of light sleep between 7:00 — 9:00 a.m. I take a sleep aid, but it seems less effective by the day.

I’m a lawyer with a brand new heart. My old one was busted.

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