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Fri, May. 1st, 2009, 10:07 am
More Strange Dreams

Where do these dreams keep coming from? Last night I dreamed I was in school, only it was muppet-land. I was also Harold from Harold and Maude. Anyway, a panther had gotten loose in the science lab and they had had to shut down the whole department. Funny thing was, it was a muppet panther, so in half the dream I'm being chased by the equivalent of a stuffed sock.

This is decidedly weirder than the dream of a few nights ago, where I was in a gang with a midget and we robbed a young Prince Charles for his wallet.

I am still sick, I think I caught a new cold while at the clinic. No fever, so it can't be flu, but I still feel pretty crappy.

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
lather2002

Your dreams mean that in a previous life you were a cartoon character. Believe it or not :D

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
jadxia: The only person I associate as a muppet...

is Mariah Carey. Seriously, I think she looks the the 'poodle muppet' extra, I think its in the Muppet Movie but I'm not sure.

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

I hope you get well, and stay healthy.

One theory is that dreams have no meaning at all. It is just the random firing of your neurons when you are asleep. Your mind assigns these random firings a meaning based on your past experiences. Of course, this still does not answer your question, because the next question is "How does my mind give meaning to these?". You can look up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activation_synthesis_theory if you think this is an interesting idea.

That being said, I read parts of your blogs from 2004 on and I am impressed by your openness and honesty. Best of luck in your future endeavours!

play_your_part

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
jadxia: Why was I thinking about muppets?

I generally subscribe to the theory that dreams are a 'filing system', it is your mind scrubbing itself of flotsam in medium-term storage and filing it into the long-term storage. The emotional flavor of the dream is often what you were feeling as you went to sleep. I tend to have nightmares because I have chronic pain, which is known to seep into dreams.

I had the dream about robbing a seventeen-year-old Prince Charles most likely because I was watching an episode of Parole before bed. One of the inmates up for review had committed a robbery much like the one in my dream, minus prince and midget gang members.

However, if I use my own system, only the nightmare aspects of it make any sense... no wait, I'm in the middle of reading a shitty historical romance where one of the characters is interested in the modern science of that era, steam vapor and electricity machines. That explains the science lab... now if I can just figure where the muppet panther came from...

*sigh* Could be worse. Have you ever woken up with a ridiculous song in your head, like a children's tune you haven't heard since you were young? Not so long ago, I woke up with the Rubber Ducky song stuck in my brain.

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Why was I thinking about muppets?

I certainly agree that sleep seems to help me "separate the wheat from the chaff", as they used to say in my old country. And you are almost right, what I dream about is frequently related to what I thought about (not necessarily felt) the last few hours before I fall asleep. Your explanations about where your last night's dreams came from make perfect sense.

Can we use this to our advantage? Here is a technique that I taught my 12-year old son: If you have history reading or vocabulary work, do it intensively just before you go to sleep. He now retains much more of what he needs to remember. He never failed to get a perfect score in a vocab. test in the last few months. Does anybody else have any info on this? It is what I used to do as a schoolboy, I don't know where I heard it from.

Anyway, please keep blogging. I do want to read that you got better and feel less pain. If I may be a little nosey, did your doctors diagnose the root cause of your chronic pain? Please feel free to ignore the question if it is too intrusive.

play_your_part

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
jadxia: Re: Why was I thinking about muppets?

That idea is positively GENIUS! I used to take a nap when I was puzzling over hard concepts in school or trying to find a creative story idea, but I've never thought of studying just before bed. I will totally have to try that out.

In regards to my health, it is certainly no secret. I often mumble/blog angrily about govt healthcare. I am not well enough for full time work, but part-time work doesn't provide healthcare, yet is enough to make me lose my access to govt assistance. Stuck in the middle.

I am not positive it is a single thing. The doctor says it might be fibromyalgia, but I have to wait until I see the rheumatologist (which isn't until the very end of June). I am also waiting for my referral to the GI doctor to be approved.

I've already seen a neurologist, who assures me it is not neurological. We've ruled out MS, brain tumor, thyroid, liver/kidney problems, and Lyme disease so far.

For the full update (don't feel compelled to read this if you don't want to):

This all started with a bout of gastroenteritis which kept me bedridden for most of a full month. Afterwards I had extreme dizzy spells, vertigo, and numbness in my left leg and parts of my fingers. Thought it was my blood sugar (I am hypoglycemic) but when I tested everything was normal. The dizzy spells are gone now, but numbness remains and now I have joint pain, which is apparently the classic symptomology for fibromyalgia or post-viral syndrome.

I am also, for some inexplicable reason, now allergic to potatoes.

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Why was I thinking about muppets?

Sorry to hear about your problems with the healthcare system. The system is indeed a mess, and I have little confidence that it can be improved in the short run. If Obama does it, he will have my vote in the next election. Of course somebody would also have to come up with a definition of what improvement means. My very rough definition is better access for the currently uninsured, without excessive limitation on the choices for the insured, and without further bankrupting the country.

On the positive side, it is great that MS, brain tumor, and Lyme disease have been ruled out. On the negative side, I would go nuts if I were quite sick and did not know what it is.

When you see your GI doctor, make sure that they check for Crohn's disease. I have two good friends with Crohn's disease, and it took them quite a while to diagnose it. Some of their symptoms were similar to yours, including joint pain. Unlike fibromyalgia, there are tests to diagnose it. I am not a doctor, I generally do not like to give medical advice, and I hope that it is not Crohn's disease, but it is one more thing to keep in mind.

Back to work for me...Take care.

play_your_part

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
jadxia: BTW -- the wiki was interesting

I'd heard that theory before, but didn't know where it originated from

Fri, May. 1st, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
jadxia: Speaking of Brains & Sleep

This article just came today from PhysOrg.com

A Single Neuron Can Change the Activity of the Whole Brain


(PhysOrg.com) -- The pulsing of a single neuron can switch a brain’s waves from the equivalent of a big ocean swell to ripples on a pond, according to new research from Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Yang Dan of the University of California, Berkeley.