I hadn't had time to redo Jaclyn's bedroom and make it a proper guest room before she fell ill so that room is empty. However, I do have a sofabed in the family room so thought there'd be no problem - I'd sleep there and she could have my room with the TV, ensuite, and office down the hall so she wouldn't have to worry about stairs or my feeling like she was constantly under my feet.
The first night that I slept on the sofabed, all I could think was "Poor Josie! She slept (or tried to) on this thing last New Year's Eve and never complained!" Well...that mattress does not have much cushion on top of the springs! All night I tossed and turned trying desperately to find a soft spot, but with no luck. My bad back is very sensitive and I think those wires were giddy with joy at the idea that I was not a happy camper. (*Let's see how miserable we can make this sleeper!*)
Next night, I thought I'd just sleep on top of the sofa. No problem there - nice and soft yet firm. I settled myself down and as I turned over on my side, one leg fell off the sofa. Thump! A bit too narrow for that position. Hmm...let's try something else. I lay on my back - okay, I fit fine. Then my left leg started to go numb - that's the bad side and too much constant pressure there causes the bone spurs to jab into the nerves. Okay, turn on my stomache. The pillow was jammed into my face and I couldn't breathe. One minute I was too hot with the comforter on top of me and the next minute it had slipped off and I was too cold. I finally managed a few winks that night and was none the worse for wear in the morning.
Last night I figured I'd do the same. However, nothing worked - I was up and down, flipping front to back, side to side, and finally dragged the comforter into the living room to try that sofa. While it had a bit more width to it, one of my legs started to cramp up! Ai-yi-yi! that hurt! I could hear the fridge going on and off, the kitchen clock going tic tic tic (*shut UP*), ambulances and fire engines screaming down the highway (the wind must have been in just the right direction, naturally), and finally I heard the morning paper plop through the mail slot.
Okay, my plan for tonight is to pull out this single-width mattress that we bought years ago so the kids could have friends sleep over on the floor with it. I'll put it on the sofa bed and see if it works. I think my knees can find a spot between the springs if they happen to slide off the mattress in the night and perhaps my back with be cushioned enough. Wish me luck - God help me if I don't get any sleep tonight!