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Forgot to blog on Turkey day......

Friday, November 26, 2010

Took my girlfriend and hubby to a place called Q.Cumbers....a buffet style restaurant. They had a special turkey dinner with all the trimmings....I had no cooking and no clean-up....then we mozied over to the Old Navy store and I scored on a nice warm parka for half price which I needed cause my fall jacket was not warm enough for the cold weather and nothing in my front closet (coat closet) fits me from last year...I had looked on line for a warm coat before we went shopping and I really got a bargain...only $40 and it is a long parka and is nice and warm....Today we have windchill down to zero with a real temp around 10-15 above.

I talked to my daughter who lives and works on the side of a mountain in Montana and one day this week she walked to work with multiple layers with 30 degrees below zero actual temp and a 3o mile an hour wind. ....so I guess I should be happy with a zero wind chill.....

I am thinking of moving down south...actually looked at house listings in Arkansas and so far it seems like a great place to retire...I have never been there so am planning a spring vacation there to "check it out." emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/27/2010 8:14AM

    Thanks Jim for the comment about harsh weather in Arkansas in February and August....I realize if the average yearly temp is higher than here of course summer will be darn hot. However, their February weather sounds like our May and I would gladly give up all the snow and subzero temps we get. Our winter always starts in October and the calendar says it doesn't start until December 21st. I also would like a longer growing season as I love to have flowers and a few fresh items to eat growing in my yard. Our growing season in Minnesota is about 3-1/2 months and I am sure it is much longer 800 miles south of here.

It will be interesting to take a trip there any time of year. February might be a good time to see how cold it gets. emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/26/2010 11:35PM

    Glad you found a warm coat! Now to find a warmer climate LOL! HUGS!

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JIMCROCE 11/26/2010 1:24PM

  Arkansas can get very cold and very hot. Spring is not a good time to judge living there. August and February will give you a better picture of the climate extremes. It is a nice place, but be prepared for harsh weather.

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It's Wednesday!!! and a 4 day weekend coming up...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

One of our supervisors is bringing in Pannera bagels (high carb and huge!!!) supposedly to get us in condition for the feast...???? I will try to eat half a bagel and bring my own coffee (cheaper and better than work place coffee or Superamerica).

My breakfast this morning isn't too healthy but I added 1/2 tb of soy protein to my blueberry acai Yoplait yogurt and had a whole avocado and the part that was way out of line was a 300-calorie freshly baked soft pretzel...perhaps I should pass on those bagels at work completely.

I just got a weather update on the computer and freezing rain is supposed to start about 7:00 a.m. (an hour from now) about the time I get to work so I think I'd better leave pretty soon so I get to work 15 to 20 minutes early. (I hope the prediction is accurate or I may be driving through freezing rain (how this could happen is a mystery to me as the temperature is 22 above and I would think any precipitation would be sleet or snow)....anyhow....hope everybody has a great day today!!!! emoticon

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MARPET44 11/24/2010 7:51AM

    Carbs ar my big downfall. I hope you can resist at least half of the above mentioned. Hope the ice storm doesn't cause you a bad trip home this evening. Have a great Thanksgiving. Be safe driving.

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Tuesday...turned in the SAO2 machine...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I woke up suddenly last night at 2:30 a.m. and read the meter at 88%. I was surprised it could be under 90% while I was on the CPAP machine. The technician said it probably was lower than that just before I woke up.

I just have to wait for the doctor to read the report of my test and see what she decides to do. I am a bit concerned that I might need a BiPAP machine instead of a CPAP.

I am so glad I didn't try to self medicate with over the counter sleep medicine since apparently my COPD is worse than I ever imagined. My internist really did not seem concerned about the COPD and really did not have any testing done. I advocated for myself to get the sleep study and the CPAP machine and was hoping it would be the panacea for my sleep problem. Now I just have to be a patient patient and see what the next step is.

I do trust the sleep specialist as she is a very reputable lung specialist so I am sure she will know what to do with the information obtained from the SAO2 test.


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JUNEBUG150 11/23/2010 11:13PM

    I hope all goes well for you. Glad you have a good lung specialist. Also good for you asking for the tests, some people wouldn't know what to ask for and just trust that everything is being done that can be done. emoticon emoticon , Melody

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Tonight is secondnight on sleep challenge and SAO2 monitoring...

Monday, November 22, 2010

An oxygen saturation monitor was delivered to me at work today...on testing and showing me how it works my resting SAO2 was only 92 which I found a bit alarming. I havebeen short of breath lately and am hoping it isn't a sign of some new malady (I really don't need any more health problems to deal with right now)....I will be tested only tonight and bring it back to work for the Home Equipment Department to pick it up and send a report to my sleep doctor.

I asked to be tested for oxygen saturation because I want to make sure the CPAP machine is helping me with that. I am concerned as my nadir (lowest reading) was down to 84% which is really quite worrisome.

I am sure I sound like a hypochondriac but over 20 years of typing reports for a hospital (medical transcription) makes me worry when things don't seem to be working right.....

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CANOGAPARKGAL 11/22/2010 9:51PM

    Hope you get some answers. You have the background to ask the right questions, so keep on asking.

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MARITAK 11/22/2010 9:30PM

  Hoping all goes well!

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First night on Sleep Challenge....

Monday, November 22, 2010

I slept only 7 hours but my goal is 8 hours. I did stay asleep once I got there (in bed). Had some problems getting rid of leak of CPAP mask around the eyes and finally fixed it with gauze laid around my nose where it was leaking. (Guess my nose is small.)

Had a few dreams and no nightmares (and quickly forgot them)....

Weighed in this morning at the same weight as yesterday.... (yeah!!!)

Hope everyone enjoys their day. I plan to leave early this morning in case the roads are slippery. I am listening to my favorite jazz station on line as I type this. They do the road reports from MNDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation). Great jazz on line. 88.5 Jazz station from Minneapolis (they have online simulcast)....
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I am back this evening and listening to a jazzed up "Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini....

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CANOGAPARKGAL 11/22/2010 3:23PM

    Good for you for a good night's sleep. Be safe. I'm going to try to stream that jazz station. emoticon

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MARPET44 11/22/2010 7:37AM

    I have been getting 7-8 hours of sleep nightly. I feel good with this amount. I saw the weather channel last night and you have some nasty weather.
Ours yesterday was in the 60's and it starting out at 54 this am. I know it is going to get colder but I am enjoying this last little bit of nice.
Have a good day and be safe.

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