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Tonight's the night!!! (Sleep test at the hospital)....

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I am very excited to think perhaps I will be able to sleep better soon. Last night totally was not restful and I tried to get in a few more winks this morning instead of getting up at 4:30 as planned in order to swim before work. I will have to work 8 to 4:30 today and have to go home and then back to the hospital by 8:00 p.m. I am going to ask for Friday off from work and then Saturday I am planning to walk at least the 1 mile course in the Arthritis Walk.

As for the sleep test, the doctor said I will probably need a CPAP machine but I have to wait until about Oct 8th for the follow-up visit to tell me how the test was and after that they would prescribe a CPAP machine after that point. I have heard good things about these machines from most people. Thanks for the encouraging comments from Sparkers. emoticon

  
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LAVENDERLILY 9/23/2010 6:23PM

    Good luck with the test and sweet dreams. emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/23/2010 3:19PM

    Good luck with the test. emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/23/2010 8:25AM

    CPAP machines are wonderful. Two of my firends use them and LOVE them! HUGS!

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MARITAK 9/23/2010 8:01AM

  Since you have to wait til the 8th for results the actual wait time will be about the same as mine. I waited about 2 weeks for the test and found out the results the same morning after my shower. I remember telling the nurses attaching the wires "I really need to flunk this test, I am so tired" ! Have a good day.

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Sleep study scheduled for tomorrow night....

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The doctor met with me for about 5 minutes when she decided to order a sleep study. She said she was pretty certain I have sleep apnea and she said I will be given a CPAP machine during the test if I stop breathing 15 times per hour in the first hour or two.

I was able to schedule the test for tomorrow night. I am surprised about the fast service!!!

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 9/22/2010 11:58PM

    My DD has a CPAP and it has made a huge improvement!

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MARITAK 9/22/2010 11:52PM

  You are real lucky to get the test so soon! They tested me at 40+ times per hour (stopping breathing) and the CPAP is a godsend! I sleep much better now:) The test was a pain though, all those wires!!! But it doesn't hurt. Good luck. Hugs and prayers to you.

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GRAMMAP1 9/22/2010 10:24PM

    My Hubby uses a CPAP and usually sleeps well. He is on so much medication that I believe it affects his sleep pattern. You won't believe all the hook ups you will be tested with tomorrow night. Good luck. emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 9/22/2010 10:07PM

    i had the test but turned out to be borderline
good luck to you with the test..........
blessings and hugs..........lita

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MSLZZY 9/22/2010 9:51PM

    It will be a relief to get that behind you!

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KATPRIEBE 9/22/2010 7:01PM

    I've had the test, a couple times. I've been on Cpap for about 4 years now, and I refuse to sleep without it. I have the mask that covers the nose. Different people prefer different masks. There's full mask that covers nose and mouth, there's also a couple for using it just with the nose.

I stop breathing 46x apprx an hour.Cpap made a big - good- difference in my life. My husband's too. Now he doesn't have to try to sleep through my snoring! Cause I no longer snore with the machine. The quality of sleep is fantastic.

The test itself, doesn't hurt, is just a pain in the butt. They attach all these wires to you and you are suppose to sleep with them. It's definitely interesting. They use a special glob of goop to stick the wires to the head.(Technical-I'm not-lol) It actually washes out of the hair quite easy. But don't plan on going anywhere after the test without taking a shower/bath first because of the stuff they use.

Good luck and hope it all works out okay for you. I don't regret it at all.

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IMBN_HEALTHY 9/22/2010 6:15PM

    I've been through the sleep test and am using a CPAP.

I'm hoping that by losing 50 lbs, I can also lose the CPAP!

Good luck with the test. Hope all goes well.

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CATLADY52 9/22/2010 6:14PM

    That is great. Here's to getting an answer so you can get a good sleep. emoticon not emoticon

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Today I meet with sleep specialist (pulmonologist)..

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Her name is Joanne Fox and I used to type reports by her when I was a medical transcriptionist. As far as I can tell, I think she will be a pleasant doctor to see and I hope she can get to the bottom of the sleep problems I have been having. This last year has been the worst. emoticon

  
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JLSEWS 9/22/2010 5:05PM

    I'm praying she'll be able to help you. Not being able to sleep well is horrible!
big hugs!
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LAVENDERLILY 9/22/2010 11:12AM

    I will be very interested to hear what she has to say!

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MSLZZY 9/22/2010 7:44AM

    Good luck! HUGS!

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MARITAK 9/22/2010 7:33AM

  I am sure she will recommend a sleep study and that will tell her a lot! Hope it helps, you really need sleep!!!

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Still doing well...swam and walked again...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My total exercise time was 70 minutes yesterday. I need to do the PT exercises for my knees every day as I noticed I have a lot of stiffness and weakness. I am doing stairs at the gym and yesterday noted my heart rate went to 100 after one flight of stairs (it is a long staircase) and my knees are very stiff with that. This morning instead of swimming before work I decided to get an extra 2 hours of sleep as I was extremely tired when the alarm went off. Tomorrow is my visit with the pulmonologist who is a sleep specialist. It will be nice to know what my sleep problems are caused by. emoticon

  
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UMUCGRAD 9/21/2010 9:56AM

    Oh! Sleeping well is so critical to my weight loss and overall health. I didn't know until I joined SP how critical proper, restorative sleep is. When I had my 'relapse' in 2009 as I was finishing a degree program, all the disciplines had gone by-the-by. I wasn't planning meals, exercising regularly AND I was getting almost no sleep as I was working 60 hours and writing a dissertation. It was a perfect storm for gaining weight back. Stress was running and ruining my life. Hope your sleep/rest issues are resolved soon. Congrats on listening to your body and getting that extra two hours of sleep!

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PLAYBLUES22 9/21/2010 8:23AM

    Nice Sweetie, I think your body is trying to tell you something, so listen emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/21/2010 7:59AM

    You need your sleep too so rest easy! HUGS!

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Yesterday exercised 65 minutes, walked and swam...

Monday, September 20, 2010

My new goal for exercise is now one hour per day which adds up to 420 hours per week. Previously my goal was only 125 hours per week which is only about two hours per week.... I know this will help my recovery. I had been able to walk 1/2 mile around the block and yesterday I took a different route which was 1.3 miles and did it in record time which worked out to 2.7 miles per hour. I was stuck at 2 miles per hour for quite awhile and so this is quite an accomplishment for me. Each day I will try to go a little further and next Saturday I plan to take the 3 mile route on the Arthritis Walk. I wasn't sure if I could do the 3 mile walk but now know I can and will do it. My original plan was to bring my walker "just in case I couldn't make it," which I decided was not necessary when I did so well on my walk yesterday. The weather was perfect which helped a lot...it was about 65 degrees and sunny with only a light breeze. I hope for that kind of weather next Saturday.

Hurray!!! Things are really looking up now!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 9/20/2010 11:15AM

    What amazing progress you are making !!!

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TIAONYX1 9/20/2010 10:29AM

    Great Job! Someone once told me that no one can do 100 percent every time but in weight loss, 90% counts too. Those small steps will just keep adding up and one day you'll wake up and realize just how much you've accomplished because you've hit your goal! Keep at it! emoticon

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JUSTA123 9/20/2010 10:00AM

    emoticon that is emoticon I know how you feel when you can increase the speed that you do your walk,I tripped last week and hurt my knee, was able to walk but not as fast as I was Oh well, could be worse!

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SUZIEGREY 9/20/2010 8:50AM

    That's fantastic.

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MSLZZY 9/20/2010 8:20AM

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