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Can Dreams Get Worse Than This?

Good grief, I thought I had experienced every dream just short of a nightmare anyone could dream. Was I ever wrong! Last night's dreams were doozies. One of 'em stands head and shoulders above the rest...

Toward the end of the night I dreamed my family and I entered our house, but there were some people already there. And not just people. PEOPLE! Who?

Believe it or not, the In-Laws. And not just In-Laws. IN-LAWS!

My wife's former husband's family. A huge passel of 'em. From very short to one monster very tall. And they acted as if they were "entitled". They took over everything. There was no place you could go for a little peace and quiet.

They tore up everything.

Sleep? What's sleep? Was I glad the dream was over? What do you think? Shades of the Clan that used to visit Andy Griffith, yes I was glad.

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MegL wrote on April 11, 2018, 8:53 AM

Sounds like the old joke about the in laws - call them the outlaws! Glad I don't have dreams like that. My daughter has lots of dreams at the moment. She has a new baby, so her sleep is very interrupted. I take the other 2 children a few nights a week and she gets more sleep then but her sleep is punctuated by lots of dreams and not very pleasant ones. So maybe you are catching up on lost sleep? Some medications can cause vivid dreams. I worked in an old people's care home as a summer job when I was a student (nearly 50 years ago) and one of the residents used to complain of very vivid dreams. He had Parkinson's disease and was on a medication to stop the shaking but it caused dreams. L dopa, I think it was.

VinceSummers wrote on April 11, 2018, 8:57 AM

Yes, L-Dopamine. Not currently in use, I'm thinking (I'm probably wrong)? I'm an extremely light sleeper, waking up (but fortunately drifting back) as much as 20 to 30 times a night. I dream all the time. It's rare I get up only once or twice in a night.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 11, 2018, 9:10 AM

I think you need to stop eating late at night and try avoiding spicy things like deviled eggs and such. I think that a dream about a gathering is either a feeling of some kind of future event on the horizon that might call others to come together, perhaps a funeral or a moment of deep reflection of our past that we fear we are missing in life. Just my 2 cents. But who am I to say anything about it? I am just an average white guy from Texas. LOL

lookatdesktop wrote on April 11, 2018, 9:14 AM

I was thinking about a friend of ours we hadn't seen in over 2 years and yesterday he paid us a short visit. It was like a dream because I was half asleep from being at the county hospital with my wife all day the day before getting tests done on her breast. The latest news is, he had been himself in the hospital for 6 months in recovery from a motorcycle accident with a Semi Truck along Irving Blvd. He had skin grafts on his arms and legs from road burns. He looked none the worse for the wear but last night, I slept well, relieved that he had survived. I had thought he may have died from it when I was told by one of his friends who we knew from the old days, who told us over a year ago about the motorcycle accident of our friend. He bought a new motor bike and calls it Cool Blue.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 11, 2018, 9:20 AM

My brother suffers mild dementia. He called the day after we got home from my wife's clinic appointment for breast surgery that was again postponed because they scheduled her appointment with imaging later than the surgery by 2.5 hours so it was a no go and my brother asked me over the phone how my sleep study went and if I got there in an ambulance. I said, Bubba, you got it all wrong. Nobody went to the hospital in an ambulance, let alone to get a sleep study, I drove us to the hospital to get my wife's breast surgery done. We didn't go to get a sleep study. That was 2 months ago don't you remember? - My brother is losing his memory and I am very worried because he may have to be placed into a nursing home if things get any worse and that dreaded memory loss runs in our family. That don't mean I will one day get dementia but I am concerned as it seems to be in our DNA. Right now I only have to deal with mood swings and a doctor who feels I need further cognitive tests. I declined the tests and went back to writing. If I am going to loose it I need to keep writing before my internal memory goes from REM to RAM. LOL

MegL wrote on April 11, 2018, 9:49 AM

If you only sleep very lightly and wake often, I wonder whether you have sleep apnea? That could mean that when you DO manage to get into deeper sleep that the dreams come flooding in!

MegL wrote on April 11, 2018, 9:50 AM

LOL, great analogy. Exercise is helpful for dementia. Also a teaspoonful of coconut oil each day.

VinceSummers wrote on April 11, 2018, 10:35 AM

Yes, I do have it. I've had it for years. When you're a child, even a prospective light sleeper may not experience the symptoms. But later...

VinceSummers wrote on April 11, 2018, 10:39 AM

And, to help delay its onset, if possible, try things in life you never did before to exercise the brain (which is rather like a muscle in that regard). If you're right-handed, learn to use your left hand. Try learning a new language. Take up a musical instrument, etc. Use it or lose it may not translate completely, but it could quite possibly help.

VinceSummers wrote on April 11, 2018, 10:40 AM

Be sure, Old Bean, not to harp on his slipping memory. One of the saddest things out there is what I once saw... A man diagnosed with Alzheimer's kept trying to prove to us that he hadn't lost his memory. He was consumed by fear of it. It's perhaps kinder not to minimize it with the sufferer.

VinceSummers wrote on April 11, 2018, 10:43 AM

I had another dream last night, in which we had some possessions with us -- dishes among them -- and we ate out. As I walked out with those dishes, I was accused of theft.

This all came from watching an episode of Medical Center about a waitress with health issues who kept dropping things, including dishes.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 11, 2018, 10:53 AM

Yes, I can see the connections there. You were dreaming of saving those dishes from being broken by that waitress. LOL

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MegL wrote on April 12, 2018, 5:39 AM

Yes, totally agree. Especially useful to keep using maps and trying to find new places. It's the sense of direction that goes first.

MegL wrote on April 12, 2018, 5:40 AM

Yes, my sister in law has early stage. She has a great fear of going "cuckoo", as the term is over here because she saw some relatives with it.

VinceSummers wrote on April 12, 2018, 7:44 AM

I am sorry for her. And, for the family, too. End stage can be really bad.

VinceSummers wrote on April 12, 2018, 7:47 AM

I never knew about the direction sense going first. I do know they tend to walk and maintain their direction, come what may. We had a friend who lost his MIL recently because she walked and walked and walked straight into a body of water, then returned to shore, in the cold weather. They found her body under some leaves.