After being so groggy most of the day yesterday, I had no trouble falling asleep, and both Marty and I were soundly asleep at two A.M. when my Lifeline machine suddenly went off--"It's time to test your Lifeline." This machine is loud on purpose, so it can be heard no matter what room I'm in, so of course we both woke with a start, and after that neither one of us got much restful sleep. (Lifeline is a service that gives you a button to push if you should fall or have some other emergency when you're alone in the house, and they will send help.)
Marty likes to go to sleep with the TV on and the timer set so that it turns off after an hour, and I'm pretty used to that, but last night he was watching something eerie or disturbing (I can't remember exactly what), so I asked him to change the channel, and he gave me the remote so I could put on something that wouldn't bother me. I put on a show called "Platinum Weddings," which shows these really extravagant weddings, and which I enjoy in some weird way. He fell asleep, and I watched that on and off, drifting into sleep but never really soundly, thinking several times that it was morning but discovering that it was four A.M., then five, and then I must have finally gotten into a deep sleep because it was twenty after eight. Our morning pattern is to watch two episodes of "The West Wing," which start at eight, and we're almost always awake by then. I'm less groggy than I was yesterday, but I'm sure would feel even better if I'd slept soundly through the night.
This morning I called the Lifeline service, which is based at Mount Auburn Hospital, to complain, and got some "explanation" that really didn't explain much. The guy said that if it hadn't been tested in the last thirty days this could sometimes happen, and I tried to emphasize that it should never happen in the middle of the night. The upshot of it is that they are going to send me some stickers for my calendar to remind me to test it within each thirty day period, whereas I really think the onus should be on them. I am using Lifeline for peace of mind, but after this might want to reconsider if it's more trouble than it's worth.