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Offline smiley196

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Sleepless nights lead to extremly low marks...any tips?
« on: February 24, 2005, 10:24:55 PM »
Hey everyone,
As many of you know already, since the time I hurt my knee my marks have dropped a bit. In the past 2 weeks I would say, as my pain gets steadily worse each day my marks have dropped drasticly. They used to be 80's and 90's but now are low 60's...even some 50's. I know that I am very capable of getting high marks but I don't know why I just cant anymore. I know part of the reason is because I am so tired from hardly sleeping anymore because of pain.

My Teachers have confronted me on the sudden drastic dro in my marks and said I need to pull it together. Do you guys think I should tell my teachers the reason why I have not been up to par? I don't want to make it seem like an excuse or doing badly though if you know what I mean. It's hard for any of my teachers to uderstand except my science teacher since she tore her ACL before. Today I fell asleep in math class. Its so hard.

Does anyone have any idea of how to get more sleep? I've tried everything...like no tv, getting up for a bit when I can't sleep then going back to bed, taking advil before bed. It seems every night it gets worse and worse.

I feel SO frusterated...i neeeeeed sleep!
*16 years old*
Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: Sleepless nights lead to extremly low marks...any tips?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2005, 10:51:19 PM »
This is a short term remedy, but sometimes when I REALLY cannot sleep, I take some Benadryl. It knocks me out right away! You may want to see your GP and discuss this matter with him/her, there is the chance that they could prescibe something (ie Ambien) for short term sleep relief. You are young though, so I'm not sure if they'd be willing to do that, but it's worth a shot.

In terms of other ideas, I've heard that warm milk really helps some people. If you don't like the taste, put a little bit of chocolate syrup in it -- tastes just like hot chocolate! :) Other people count backwards from 100, which helps relax the mind. That one never really worked for me, though, but I have heard it works well for others. You could also try doing a bit of reading before you turn out the light, that could help tire you out abit more.

Hope any of this helps, sorry you're going through so much!

Best of luck,
Patricia :)
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08/03-meniscal repair, LR
01/04-MUA, LOA
03/04-MUA
08/04-patellar tendon reconstruct. w/hamstring, menisci repairs, lateral/medial releases
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Re: Sleepless nights lead to extremly low marks...any tips?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2005, 01:51:08 PM »
There are pain control drugs aimed specifically at people with sleep problems through chronic pain - amitryptaline is one my GP put me on while waiting for the first op because I was falling apart through sleep deprivation. These kind of drugs you can take long term if need be and they shouldn't stop you functioning through the day. They can take a couple of weeks to build up and start to work though. I'd see your GP straight away and talk it through with him, of course you can't work if you're tired. That's a problem you need help with and there are ways of solving it.

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Dec 04 arthroscopy, medial femoral coblation, ACL reportedly 'stretched';
Jan 05 cortisone;
Feb 05 new OS, MRI, ACL 75% tear, articular cartilige damage, MCL partial tear, femoral bone bruise, knee severely unstable.
MacIntosh ACL repair 8/4/05

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Re: Sleepless nights lead to extremly low marks...any tips?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2005, 06:16:43 PM »
Hi, Smiley
I have met the monsters in the night too. I'm not sure I can help with them directly, but are your dropping grades also worrying you? If you were my 14-year old daughter, I would have made sure your teachers knew you were in a lot of pain and termoil. Even teachers are people,and they are there to help you, but they can't do that if they don't understand the problem...
You could also try just getting on with your school work while you are up, bored and all alone in the middle of the night. It might be so boring you fall asleep, and it might bring your grades up...
Good luck
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Re: Sleepless nights lead to extremly low marks...any tips?
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2005, 06:36:24 PM »
I'm also 14, and although i'm suffering from completely different knee problems, i also have trouble sleeping. I have been to see my doctor and he has been prescribing me sleeping tablets for about 12 months now. They aren't the strongest tablets, but they do the trick if you take them on a day when your knee(s) have been particularly sore.

As for school, i agree with Fuffy, that teachers are only human and they can only help you if you tell them what's going on. My mum and Dad have been great about talking to teachers, and it was quite surprising how nice they were about it!
hope you feel better soon! :)
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Re: Sleepless nights lead to extremly low marks...any tips?
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2005, 06:55:50 PM »
I would ask your dr first, but tylenol pm works well,benadryl works well, there are other over the counter medications as well as RX meds to help you with your sleep problem. Try reading a really boring book. That might take your mind off the problem for awhile and you can get some sleep. Sometimes, the trick is to think about something esle.

I hope some of these suggestions can help you.
Good luck!!!

Laura

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Re: Sleepless nights lead to extremly low marks...any tips?
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2005, 03:18:41 AM »
Hi,

As a teacher myself, I think that you should talk to your teachers about your situation. We are human too and understand that our students can and do have problems that, if they don't tell us about, we wouldn't know. I would hope that your teachers would be understanding about your problem and make some arrangements with you to try to help as much as they can. Even consider getting some kind of a note from your OS explaining your problem and the pain that it has you in so you can show that to them. But definitely tell them what's going on, I really do think they'll understand and be helpful.

Sharon
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LR-5/99 & 9/01
Distal realignment and LR 7/02
TTT revision 6/03
screw removal/MUA 10/03
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Re: Sleepless nights lead to extremly low marks...any tips?
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2005, 04:11:17 AM »
I take regular Tylenol....for some reason I'm weird and that completely knocks me out....maybe you try Tylenol PM? Reading makes me really sleepy at night. Also, do you ever ice your knees?

As for teachers, I would talk to them about it. Explain what you feel needs to be explained. If it becomes a real problem, maybe you can talk to the counselor? Maybe your doctor could write you a note or something?

Hope you get things figured out.
~Erin~
June 2, 2005 TTT/LR  R.
July 26, 2005 TTT/LR  L.
June 6, 2006 Microfracture R.
June 5, 2007 Microfracture & Screw Removal R.
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Re: Sleepless nights lead to extremly low marks...any tips?
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2005, 08:33:04 AM »
I tore my ACL during grade 12. I definitely know the stress of having pain while trying to maintain marks. The most important thing is to remember to talk to teachers. they are more human than you think...Also, when you're 14 grades don't matter as much as you think they do. My university is one of the best in the country and they only looked at my grade 12 marks. Try your best and I'm sure you'll pull through
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Re: Sleepless nights lead to extremly low marks...any tips?
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2005, 01:18:24 PM »
Ok, thanks for all the awsome advice everyone! I will definetly ask my OS about sleeping pills and talk with my teachers.
*16 years old*
Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy















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