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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.