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CPAP update 
14th-Oct-2006 05:38 pm
Me: resting in sionnagh's back yard in K
First of all, let me just say that Peking Kitchen’s Peking ravioli are so good! And the weather is gorgeous today.

So, I’ve been using the CPAP machine for a couple weeks now, and I wanted to let you, O loyal reader, know how it was going.

Basically, awesome.

I’m still getting used to the mask(s), and I still have problems (of varying degrees) with dryness, but the change in my energy level and my ability to get things done is quite significant. A few days back over dinner cathijosephine and docorion were commenting on my energy level and my improved (i.e., extant) short-term memory. What strikes me is the little things I’m starting to get done — simple, trivial things like calling to find out how to get a replacement recycling bin, or throwing out some of the unimportant bulk mail out of the stacks that have been piling up on my desk, that never managed to become urgent enough to actually get done before.

Most of you probably don’t realize how impaired I’ve been over the last few years, since my friends and family have always been my highest priority and I’m generally at my most energetic around other people, but I have been, and it’s really, really good to start to feel like myself again.

The difference was made even more apparent on Friday. Thursday night I wore the nose-only mask (which so far seems probably to be the most effective one most of the time), but I got really stuffy in the middle of the night, so at about 5:00am I took it off and slept without it for the rest of the night. (Yes, Don, I know that’s the hour when a civilized person wakes up anyway; just humour me here. :-) And on Friday, while I still felt pretty energetic and alert, I was physically clumsy in the way I’ve been for the last n years — tripping on a curb on my way to the T station, not quite managing a straight line down the corridor at work — and I didn’t have as much of the new crispness of thought that I’ve been delighting in since starting on the CPAP. Fascinating.

(Last night I had no trouble using the CPAP, and today everything is crisp and bright and energetic and I know where the ends of my limbs are again.)

So all in all, I’m really excited and pleased.
Comments 
14th-Oct-2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
*hug* Wonderful! I'm very happy for you.
14th-Oct-2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you, sweetie (though I already know the CPAP was working out wonderfully). :-) I love that you're getting your life back and feeling new rejuvination and focus.
14th-Oct-2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yay!
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17th-Oct-2006 08:33 pm (UTC) - CPAP
Cool. I'm so glad to hear that things are brightening up for you. It almost sounds similar to a haze of depression in the way you discribe the clumsiness and lethargy. It must be nice to begin to feel free of some of that haze.
L,Me
17th-Oct-2006 08:41 pm (UTC) - Re: CPAP
GREAT HOLY FLYING MOTHER OF GOD ON A POGO STICK SHE’S ON LIVEJOURNAL!

Er, excuse me, I mean, Nice to see you here!

:-)
It almost sounds similar to a haze of depression in the way you discribe the clumsiness and lethargy.
That’s very perceptive. In fact, at various times over the last decade or so, I’ve been puzzled at how I seemed to have some of the symptoms of depression, but not actually feel depressed. I think it is pretty similar. (And there for a couple years after docorion and sionnagh moved away, I was depressed, on top of the sleep apnea. Not so much fun, that.)

Big big hugs for my wonderful sister!
17th-Oct-2006 08:42 pm (UTC) - Re: CPAP
PS — You should definitely add docorion (Tom) to your Friends list. He doesn’t post very often, but when he does it’s generally really interesting (and occasionally snarktastic). Hug, hug!
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