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Something about me…

on May 26, 2011
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I could sit here and blog about all the issues I have with myself, mental and physical, but it wouldn’t solve anything.  I started this blog because I decided I wasn’t going to age as a complete hot mess, I was going to be 40 and awesome.  I was going to do this by admitting I needed to change some things.

One thing I changed was my sleep.  I knew I wasn’t getting enough rest, I snored something awful, and I was tired all the time.  I finally told my doctor (actually I have a nurse practitioner) who sent me over to the sleep clinic for a sleep study.  Actually, it was a trip over to Pulmonology first.  I answered all of their questions, and they determined that I could so an at-home sleep study instead of having to go to the hotel they use.  Apparently at the hotel they wire you up with everything, but since I never had an issue of acting out my dreams or sleepwalking, I “qualified” for the at home.

So I did the study, and got the results back a few days later.  I was told that a “severe” case of obstructive sleep apnea was 30 episodes a night of not breathing, or choking because my airway became obstructed.

In the 5.5 hours I was sound asleep and was monitored, I hit 680 times.  Well, if I am going to do something, might as well do it well, right?

So right now I am waiting to get my CPAP.  Even with my insurance my cost will be around $300, which is a bit rich for my blood but I don’t have a choice.  In spite of the cost, I know I am going to feel so much better once I get a decent night sleep.  Part of my issues is that I am so tired all the time.  I have a feeling once I get adequate rest, other health improvements will fall in line.

Even better?  I found I could use aromatherapy with my CPAP.  How awesome is that?

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