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Old 08-04-2019, 04:44 PM   #29
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I too get up at 0400! My husband gets up anywhere from 04-06! But he never gets up before me! He wants the coffee already made when he gets up!

I always watch the news with my coffee, surf the internet, watch my recorded shows that he doesn't watch, etc. In all that I am not hard of hearing so the tv is'nt blaring, I mute the computer or use my earbuds if I do want to hear it. This is our routine for over 30 years. We do not fulltime, but I would, it is my husband who won't give up the house and his bigger garage. This became my routine with kids. That is my time and I enjoy it. We have a 24ft class C and we love the size and we two have had all types of RV's over the years.

Talk to your wife, buy her a sound machine and earbuds with a sleep mask. After all these years surely compromise is part of your partnership. She may be willing!

We appreciate your service and hope your wife is willing to appreciate your needs too!
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I too have the aches and pains that wake me earlier than my wife. It can be a real pain when you can't get TV. Please consider these options: I have Directv and changed my generic black box for one that I can program to automatically record TV series I like; it makes a good fallback for when the site is not satellite friendly. I also keep a stockpile of Walmart cheapo DVDs for these occasions. Finally, if you have Amazon Prime and a park with usable wifi (do they really exist?) there are thousands of series and movies at your fingertips.
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Old 08-04-2019, 04:53 PM   #31
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If you have any interest in radios, you can get an amateur radio license.
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First and foremost, thanks for your service and WELCOME HOME, brother!


I'm a fan of the amateur (HAM) radio idea. Maybe, start by listening to shortwave radio.


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Old 08-04-2019, 04:53 PM   #32
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portable satellite dish and wireless earphones connected to tv.
Do you have hearing aids from the VA? You get new ones every3-4 years. IThey have a TV adapter also. The old Phonak HAs required wearing an additional device around the neck The latest do not require that. I can cannect audio sources, I. e. ,TV, phone etc. also, no more batteries. Rechargeable!
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:03 PM   #33
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Introduce a box fan to your environment. It will soon be psychologically necessary.
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:06 PM   #34
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Get a a sound machine for the bedroom so she doesn't hear the tv. Here's the one we use, on Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's very small & is rechargeable so you can use it whether hooked up or boondocking. It also works as a bluetooth speaker.
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I'm 82 and Molly, my Havanese watch dog gets me up around 5 AM so we go for a walk to take care of her needs, then I make my coffee and boot up the computer (I can't stand most of whats on TV!) to get that chore out of the way. We do have a bedroom in our 31' Itasca Spirit so that makes it quieter for her. And thank you for your service. I'm a disabled vet also!
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:22 PM   #36
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I have often used coffee to wake up my late sleeping wife. I make the coffee and then go out for a walk. The coffee smell will seek her out and give her a gently nudge to wake up.

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Old 08-04-2019, 06:21 PM   #37
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Much pain is actually masked muscle pain from overstretched, overstressed or damaged muscles. My wife was in a severe rear end accident and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Attending a conference on the subject, we found out about Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction - a term invented by Dr. Janet Travell, President Kennedy's doctor. Later, we found out that the Jones Institute - see https://www.jicounterstrain.com/jones-counterstrain
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https://www.jicounterstrain.com/find-a-counterstrainer
that trains physical therapists in how to treat this. The treatment did not cure my wife but makes her condition much more endurable. Apparently, the length of time it is untreated before treatment makes it more difficult to treat. The treatments themselves are not painful. The second practitioner we found (now retired) showed us how he could determine whether a patient was faking the pain by palpitating the muscles.
The muscle pain from Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction can only be partly treated with meds and the condition is, thus, effectively nonresponsive to any current meds. (The ones that worked best on my wife had side effects that were effectively worse then the pain !-( ) It would be worth your while to seek out a practitioner (or several as we have had a couple not so good ones and several that "walked on water") and try out the treatment. It might make life more livable for you as it did for my wife.
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Old 08-04-2019, 06:29 PM   #38
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Interesting responses. We have a small class C with separate beds and a draw panel to separate us. I do have a TV in the front with bluetooth speakers. It also has a DVD player. I rarely use it in the AM unless it is raining.

My first step is to make a cup of coffee and then I sit outside and enjoy the sounds of nature. Then I usually go for a mile or more walk, explore the campground or say hi to those out walking their dog. Of course, their needs to be a restroom nearby before I get too far lol. I can usually kill an hour or two before the DW gets up. If there is wifi, I can check the irv2 board and surf a little.
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Old 08-04-2019, 09:49 PM   #40
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Interesting responses. We have a small class C with separate beds and a draw panel to separate us. I do have a TV in the front with bluetooth speakers. It also has a DVD player. I rarely use it in the AM unless it is raining.

My first step is to make a cup of coffee and then I sit outside and enjoy the sounds of nature. Then I usually go for a mile or more walk, explore the campground or say hi to those out walking their dog. Of course, their needs to be a restroom nearby before I get too far lol. I can usually kill an hour or two before the DW gets up. If there is wifi, I can check the irv2 board and surf a little.
This is pretty much my routine too. We are on about the same schedule although Im learning to sleep a little later - after 5:00 even. So I make coffee, walk the dogs, use the CG heads to go easy on my tanks, and lately Ive taken up some light bike riding. I get some exercise and it kills some time. I do a lot of reading but as you've found, it isn't always the answer. I also follow my camera around - morning is a good time for landscape shooting. On occasion, I hit the road with my wife still in bed. Depends on the schedule, and her tolerance level.

One thing that might help is a better bed. Ive used Mattress Insider to build a custom mattress three times and been satisfied every time. Ive found this allows me to sleep better, longer, wake up with a lot less pain, and not end up staring out into the darkness waiting for the world to wake up. So depending on what you are sleeping on, you might give them a call - see if they can help. They do custom builds, not very expensive (my current queen - 9” thick and very firm - was only $350) they build it however you want and have an excellent return policy. Ive found that most factory beds (even in my Newmar) are quite substandard. https://www.mattressinsider.com/

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Old 08-04-2019, 10:03 PM   #41
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What about a DVD player. Pop a movie in and get a cup of coffee and wait until she gets up. That's what my hubby does since I don't get up until 8am. He's an early riser as well, 5 am no matter what time he goes to bed.
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Old 08-04-2019, 11:18 PM   #42
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We have been RV'ing for over 35 years and always had large motorhomes with a separate bedroom.

We are now in our late 70's and want to travel in a much more manageable size coach and boondock in tighter forest campgrounds.

So we bought a 26' Thor Axis. Trouble is I am a disabled veteran and wake up around 4:00 am in pain and have to get up. My wife sleeps to 7:00.

In those three hours there is nothing to do. Cant make noise, no TV satellite under the trees. Get sick of reading that many hours

Anyone else worked out this problem - we may have to give up the RV

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Same issue here since I grew up on a farm and pretty much automatically wake up around 4 am regardless of when I go to bed. Now I am disabled from a work accident so pain can be an additional alarm clock. Pain killers were flushed away decades ago since you can't live and function on heavy doses of Codeine or moderate Morphine scripts.

Head phones, going out side, etc will work as might putting a curtain between the bed and the other areas of what sounds like an open plan RV in your case.

When my adult daughters are traveling with us I put up a curtain like in a train car covering up the slide area with the dinette and sleep sofa in the salon so I do not disturb them.


Another option is to just shop around for a different 26' floor plan that does have a separate bedroom and trade the current one in.

Count your blessing with the 7 am since mine might not rise until after 9 am making it very difficult to get to the next destination before check in time has passed.

Not a big fan of staying in bed for an hour or so past sunrise but some folks have gotten into that rut and loose the best part of the day in doing so. If you are where it might get to over 100 degrees by noon time that time period between sunrise and 9 am becomes quite precious.
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