Don't know what the couple (M/F) downstairs thought when at 12.30 a.m. they must have been woken up by my yelling out in pain. Night cramps - thankfully infrequent, but, hell ,
when it happens one knows it! I always think that the term 'night cramps' doesn't anywhere near convey the totally excrutiating and debilitating torture the condition inflicts. Easily the most extreme pain I ever experience. Those who don't get it have no idea.....Must be what Hell would be like - if there was a Hell. Suffered with it all my life, oddly uniquely in my fairly large family. Thankfully it only happens about 3 or 4 times a year, but last night was the worst for several years as I wasn't able to jump out of bed quick enough to stamp my heel and arrest it. So. limping like an invalid with a fractured femur, heart pounding like a drum and sweating profusely, had to make a painful, shuffling way to the kitchen for a few slurps of water, otherwise felt I'd pass out. Disappointed that before retiring I'd taken a doctor-prescribed Quinine Sulphate tablet which ought to have prevented it happening. However, now I've been up for 4 hours and there's only slight residual pain remaining. Ready to face the day with a not-totally-forced smile on my salt-and-pepper bearded face.
3 hours ago