Saturday, June 20, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I have sleep apnea. In short, my airway closes when I am sleeping and I stop breathing. My heart rate then goes up due to lack of oxygen until I finally take a breath. This cycle is repeated many, many times a night. As you can imagine this is not good.
For 17 years I have slept with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This machine blows air, at a controlled pressure, into my nostrils to keep my airway open. Every so many years I go for a new sleep study, which determines if the pressure needs adjustment, as well as other things.
The protocol is to go to sleep without the CPAP. A technician and instrumentation measure things like how often you stop breathing, eye moment, leg movement, etc. After two hours of sleep without the CPAP, the technician comes into the room and attaches a CPAP mask to your face. The rest of the night is spent with the technician adjusting the pressures (from a control room) to see what pressure is optimum.
Last night was the first study since Medicare covered me. Medicare has their own protocol. The medicare protocol insists that the determination of the correct pressure be done after at least two hours of sleep without the mask. This determines how bad your apnea is, i.e. how many times you stop breathing. Their other protocols, in my case required that these two hours be up by 2 am.
I went to bed at 11pm, of course without the CPAP. I took a sleeping pill just before bedtime and another one hour later. Here is the short of it: by 2am I had only slept 1-½ hours. Therefore they could not do the second part of the study (called titration). They would continue taking measurements until 6am without the CPAP in place! After sleeping for 17 years with the mask on, I do not sleep very well with it off. I got a measured 2.25 hours of sleep during this sleep study!
Now I get to go back for another night so they can do the titration!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I just read a blog by a blogger whom I regularly read. I could not help but notice how many words in the blog ended in "ing". If I counted right there were 23. Then it bothered me that I could not remember what part of speech these words are. Google to the rescue!
-ING WORDS "The present participle form of English verbs ends in -ing. Its most basic use is to describe an action in progress, whether as part of a compound verb, an adjective, or in a participal phrase."
I've been living in KY for almost 7 years now and still notice how often the word "wanting" is used. This is not the case in NJ and CT. Do you suppose it started with a student who did not have enough words in is essay so added some "wanting"s. For example "I am wanting to go to the store" has one more words that "I want to go to the store".
When I spell checked the above in MS Word it want to change the “I am wanting” to “I want”!
Is "wanting" used where you live? (Please post where you live in your answer.)
Of course adding "I am just going to go ahead and" adds even more words, but I am going to go ahead and save that topic for another blog.