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The last couple of weeks have been spent visiting my various doctors. I confused my GP when I said "I hated to admit it, but I've felt great since I started taking metformin." He asked why I'd hate admitting to feeling better and I had to explain that it was because I didn't want to admit that I really am diabetic.

He also prescribed a glucose meter for me, which means my health insurance will pay for it and the related supplies. I'm getting them through Liberty and if I'm lucky it'll arrive before we leave for Worldcon. If not, well, it'll mean less stuff to pack.

The best appointment of the bunch was the one with my neurologist. Who basically told me not to bother him again unless something drastic changes. As he predicted when he first saw me, the tests I underwent revealed nothing abnormal in my brain or cognition. My brain shows only mild signs of aging which is a huge relief. My memory is still wonky, but now we know for sure that my memory issues are entirely due to my problems with getting enough sleep. I'm going to start taking the generic form Singulair and see if that allows my sinuses to remain open at night. I've been taking loratadine and that seems about as effective as a glass of water. What surprised me was learning that the clinic's nurse's husband had the same experience with loratadine; it doesn't work on him either.

Last night I discovered I have a new reason to hate ragweed. My sinuses are so blocked that my CPAP machine is having a tough time getting air into my lungs -- if I don't mouth breathe, my mask will actually lift off my face and break the seal.
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Musing of a Young Mom: Why I used to be afraid of Universal Health Care

p.s. You know who you are -- thanks for tweeting about the article.
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The results from the neurologist are back and all tests came back negative. This is good in that anything found would have been dire, however it is annoying because this also means we don't know what the heck is wrong with me. Unless it has to do with lack of sleep, which we do know makes me nuttier than usual. The lack of sleep, by the way, is not because I don't have a CPAP machine or because I'm not using it. I've used it every time I've gone to bed since the doctor prescribed it. And I've had subsequent tests showing it's working correctly and the machine has been tested and calibrated. So I'm the actual problem, not the machine. Some nights I fall into bed and sleep the whole night through. Other nights I can't breathe because my allergies are acting up (in spite of the fact that I get allergy shots weekly, I take both Nasonex and Azelastine Nasal Spray before bed along with 50 Mg of Diphenhydramine and 1200 Mg of Mucinex DM). If my allergies aren't acting up I may get lucky and sleep. Or my legs might decide it's a lovely night to cramp and send me scrambling out of bed. Or my crazy peri-menopausal body might decide it's time to start up the hot flashes again. Or I might just get stressed out about who-knows-what and lay there thinking all night long.

As if that weren't enough, I just got off the phone with my regular doctor's office, who called to say that the results of my latest blood test were now in and I'm officially diabetic. Considering my mom told me that all of the women in the family turn 40 and diabetic at the same time, I figure I did pretty good lasting until I turned 52. They've sent in script for metformin (sp?) in to my pharmacy, so I get to start taking that whenever Medco gets it to me. Whooo.

*back again* I just set my mood to grumpy (which I am) and remembered that I really ought not be. Last week I joined the kindle crowd, and have a lovely Kindle Fire to play with. And today the husband broke down my resistance and tempted me into upgrading my home laptop computer to a Toshiba Quad-Core Laptop w/Blu-ray. (Today's offering at http://sellout.woot.com/ just in case I've tempted you as well.)

Now of course I'll need to figure out what to do with my old tablet (a Herotab C8) and my previous notebook (a Toshiba Satellite A215).
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My previous two weekends were lost to sleep. Today was the new typical Saturday; I slept for 14 hours and damn near fell asleep out here on the couch after breakfast. Put my elbow on the arm rest, rested my jaw on my fist, and that was very nearly all she wrote.

Not that there is anything necessarily wrong with me other than my usual problems with sleeping soundly while my body is doing its damnedest to respond to allergens.

So far this year I've been to the eye doctor -- came away with a much stronger prescription and am now wearing glasses that let me see at a distance. I've also been checked for cancers of the reproductive system (none found), and had my brain MRI'd (with contrast). Those results won't be in until midweek although I'm unlikely to know the results until August since that's when my follow-up with the neurologist is scheduled. I made the appointment because my wonky memory has been well, wonky, and I was starting to obsess about it. That and I keep reading articles that pair sleep apnea with a propensity for strokes and articles that indicate minor stroke damage makes future fatal strokes far more likely. So I'm hoping the tests (I have two more scheduled for this week) will reveal nothing.

There are worse things in the world than being labeled a hypochondriac.
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My doctor's appointment the other day was boring. No changes in my meds, routine bloodwork scheduled for today (and taken care of before work this morning). And the news that now that I'm in my 50s, I should have a baseline colonoscopy sometime soon.

In shocking developments I was stunned to see NBC is canceling Law & Order. Wolfe wants to take it to TNT and I think he should. If anything, the show has gotten better this season (and it never fell to the writers-on-crack depths of its sister show SVU).

Oh crap

Jun. 13th, 2008 10:34 am
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Even though I've had my CPAP machine for a couple of years, my memory for new events is still somewhat wonky. Some things stick, others don't. And, as far as I can tell, there's no rhyme nor reason for the lapses. This morning I spotted this article on Science Daily.

In short, UCLA researchers have discovered that people with sleep apnea show tissue loss in brain regions that help store memory. Principal investigator Ronald Harper hypothesizes that repeated drops in oxygen lead to the brain injury. During an apnea episode, the brain's blood vessels constrict, starving its tissue of oxygen and causing cellular death. The process also incites inflammation, which further damages the tissue. "The reduced size of the mammillary bodies (structures on the underside of the brain) suggests that they've suffered a harmful event resulting in sizable cell loss," Harper said. "The fact that patients' memory problems continue despite treatment for their sleep disorder implies a long-lasting brain injury."

While the above explains what's going on, continued memory problems is not something I want to have.

Oh crap

Jun. 13th, 2008 10:34 am
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Even though I've had my CPAP machine for a couple of years, my memory for new events is still somewhat wonky. Some things stick, others don't. And, as far as I can tell, there's no rhyme nor reason for the lapses. This morning I spotted this article on Science Daily.

In short, UCLA researchers have discovered that people with sleep apnea show tissue loss in brain regions that help store memory. Principal investigator Ronald Harper hypothesizes that repeated drops in oxygen lead to the brain injury. During an apnea episode, the brain's blood vessels constrict, starving its tissue of oxygen and causing cellular death. The process also incites inflammation, which further damages the tissue. "The reduced size of the mammillary bodies (structures on the underside of the brain) suggests that they've suffered a harmful event resulting in sizable cell loss," Harper said. "The fact that patients' memory problems continue despite treatment for their sleep disorder implies a long-lasting brain injury."

While the above explains what's going on, continued memory problems is not something I want to have.

Oh crap

Jun. 13th, 2008 10:34 am
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Even though I've had my CPAP machine for a couple of years, my memory for new events is still somewhat wonky. Some things stick, others don't. And, as far as I can tell, there's no rhyme nor reason for the lapses. This morning I spotted this article on Science Daily.

In short, UCLA researchers have discovered that people with sleep apnea show tissue loss in brain regions that help store memory. Principal investigator Ronald Harper hypothesizes that repeated drops in oxygen lead to the brain injury. During an apnea episode, the brain's blood vessels constrict, starving its tissue of oxygen and causing cellular death. The process also incites inflammation, which further damages the tissue. "The reduced size of the mammillary bodies (structures on the underside of the brain) suggests that they've suffered a harmful event resulting in sizable cell loss," Harper said. "The fact that patients' memory problems continue despite treatment for their sleep disorder implies a long-lasting brain injury."

While the above explains what's going on, continued memory problems is not something I want to have.

Oh crap

Jun. 13th, 2008 10:34 am
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Even though I've had my CPAP machine for a couple of years, my memory for new events is still somewhat wonky. Some things stick, others don't. And, as far as I can tell, there's no rhyme nor reason for the lapses. This morning I spotted this article on Science Daily.

In short, UCLA researchers have discovered that people with sleep apnea show tissue loss in brain regions that help store memory. Principal investigator Ronald Harper hypothesizes that repeated drops in oxygen lead to the brain injury. During an apnea episode, the brain's blood vessels constrict, starving its tissue of oxygen and causing cellular death. The process also incites inflammation, which further damages the tissue. "The reduced size of the mammillary bodies (structures on the underside of the brain) suggests that they've suffered a harmful event resulting in sizable cell loss," Harper said. "The fact that patients' memory problems continue despite treatment for their sleep disorder implies a long-lasting brain injury."

While the above explains what's going on, continued memory problems is not something I want to have.
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My memory is shot to hell. I know I'm missing at least a year thanks to sleep apnea, but there are days things still don't register. Or things register for a while, then they drift off to who-knows-where. The missing memory currently vexing me is concerns a tv detective who recently (i.e., earlier this season) adopted a dog from the SPCA or Humane Society. I remember the dog is mostly white and looks to be at least part pit bull, but that's *all* I can remember. I can't tell you what show this was on, which detective adopted him, I can't even tell you if the detective was black or white. He was male though -- I remember that much. I think I've narrowed the show down to Law & Order or L&O:SVU. Does anybody out there know who adopted the dog? I'm hoping it was one of the guys on L&O not SVU. If was SVU, I fear it was Chester Lake. If it was Lake, it just makes me all the more pissed about the season finale.
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My memory is shot to hell. I know I'm missing at least a year thanks to sleep apnea, but there are days things still don't register. Or things register for a while, then they drift off to who-knows-where. The missing memory currently vexing me is concerns a tv detective who recently (i.e., earlier this season) adopted a dog from the SPCA or Humane Society. I remember the dog is mostly white and looks to be at least part pit bull, but that's *all* I can remember. I can't tell you what show this was on, which detective adopted him, I can't even tell you if the detective was black or white. He was male though -- I remember that much. I think I've narrowed the show down to Law & Order or L&O:SVU. Does anybody out there know who adopted the dog? I'm hoping it was one of the guys on L&O not SVU. If was SVU, I fear it was Chester Lake. If it was Lake, it just makes me all the more pissed about the season finale.
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My memory is shot to hell. I know I'm missing at least a year thanks to sleep apnea, but there are days things still don't register. Or things register for a while, then they drift off to who-knows-where. The missing memory currently vexing me is concerns a tv detective who recently (i.e., earlier this season) adopted a dog from the SPCA or Humane Society. I remember the dog is mostly white and looks to be at least part pit bull, but that's *all* I can remember. I can't tell you what show this was on, which detective adopted him, I can't even tell you if the detective was black or white. He was male though -- I remember that much. I think I've narrowed the show down to Law & Order or L&O:SVU. Does anybody out there know who adopted the dog? I'm hoping it was one of the guys on L&O not SVU. If was SVU, I fear it was Chester Lake. If it was Lake, it just makes me all the more pissed about the season finale.
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My memory is shot to hell. I know I'm missing at least a year thanks to sleep apnea, but there are days things still don't register. Or things register for a while, then they drift off to who-knows-where. The missing memory currently vexing me is concerns a tv detective who recently (i.e., earlier this season) adopted a dog from the SPCA or Humane Society. I remember the dog is mostly white and looks to be at least part pit bull, but that's *all* I can remember. I can't tell you what show this was on, which detective adopted him, I can't even tell you if the detective was black or white. He was male though -- I remember that much. I think I've narrowed the show down to Law & Order or L&O:SVU. Does anybody out there know who adopted the dog? I'm hoping it was one of the guys on L&O not SVU. If was SVU, I fear it was Chester Lake. If it was Lake, it just makes me all the more pissed about the season finale.
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I had my allergy test this morning. And wouldn't you know, after four miserable days without anti-histamines, I barely reacted to *any* of the allergens they tried. I'm baffled, as I didn't take anything other than what the doc said was okay and I'm pretty sure that the last time I had one of these done, I reacted to more substances than I did today.

Happily, I'm not allergic to cats. Heartbreakingly, I *am* allergic to dogs. I wailed when I got that bit of news. I've been asking for a dog for years and now that we work up near the humane society, we were seriously giving consideration to either adopting or fostering.

Just for the record, today's results also show allergies to weeds, mold, and dust mites. We're still going to try allergy shots -- my first treatment should be this Saturday, but [insanejournal.com profile] jebra's going off to some drum thing at Oakland University so I guess I won't be able to get that initial shot until next week.

Over the weekend, when I was feeling crappy and couldn't enjoy the wonderful weather, I finished knitting my first Jayne hat. I took photos of it this morning and planned to make a little page to put it on, but now I can't get GIMP to work. I have no idea why; it worked fine the last time brought it up.
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I had my allergy test this morning. And wouldn't you know, after four miserable days without anti-histamines, I barely reacted to *any* of the allergens they tried. I'm baffled, as I didn't take anything other than what the doc said was okay and I'm pretty sure that the last time I had one of these done, I reacted to more substances than I did today.

Happily, I'm not allergic to cats. Heartbreakingly, I *am* allergic to dogs. I wailed when I got that bit of news. I've been asking for a dog for years and now that we work up near the humane society, we were seriously giving consideration to either adopting or fostering.

Just for the record, today's results also show allergies to weeds, mold, and dust mites. We're still going to try allergy shots -- my first treatment should be this Saturday, but [insanejournal.com profile] jebra's going off to some drum thing at Oakland University so I guess I won't be able to get that initial shot until next week.

Over the weekend, when I was feeling crappy and couldn't enjoy the wonderful weather, I finished knitting my first Jayne hat. I took photos of it this morning and planned to make a little page to put it on, but now I can't get GIMP to work. I have no idea why; it worked fine the last time brought it up.
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I had my allergy test this morning. And wouldn't you know, after four miserable days without anti-histamines, I barely reacted to *any* of the allergens they tried. I'm baffled, as I didn't take anything other than what the doc said was okay and I'm pretty sure that the last time I had one of these done, I reacted to more substances than I did today.

Happily, I'm not allergic to cats. Heartbreakingly, I *am* allergic to dogs. I wailed when I got that bit of news. I've been asking for a dog for years and now that we work up near the humane society, we were seriously giving consideration to either adopting or fostering.

Just for the record, today's results also show allergies to weeds, mold, and dust mites. We're still going to try allergy shots -- my first treatment should be this Saturday, but [livejournal.com profile] jebra's going off to some drum thing at Oakland University so I guess I won't be able to get that initial shot until next week.

Over the weekend, when I was feeling crappy and couldn't enjoy the wonderful weather, I finished knitting my first Jayne hat. I took photos of it this morning and planned to make a little page to put it on, but now I can't get GIMP to work. I have no idea why; it worked fine the last time brought it up.
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I had my allergy test this morning. And wouldn't you know, after four miserable days without anti-histamines, I barely reacted to *any* of the allergens they tried. I'm baffled, as I didn't take anything other than what the doc said was okay and I'm pretty sure that the last time I had one of these done, I reacted to more substances than I did today.

Happily, I'm not allergic to cats. Heartbreakingly, I *am* allergic to dogs. I wailed when I got that bit of news. I've been asking for a dog for years and now that we work up near the humane society, we were seriously giving consideration to either adopting or fostering.

Just for the record, today's results also show allergies to weeds, mold, and dust mites. We're still going to try allergy shots -- my first treatment should be this Saturday, but [livejournal.com profile] jebra's going off to some drum thing at Oakland University so I guess I won't be able to get that initial shot until next week.

Over the weekend, when I was feeling crappy and couldn't enjoy the wonderful weather, I finished knitting my first Jayne hat. I took photos of it this morning and planned to make a little page to put it on, but now I can't get GIMP to work. I have no idea why; it worked fine the last time brought it up.
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Had my appointment with the allergy doc this morning. Thinking ahead, I skipped my morning dose of antihistamines. Good thinking, as the scratch test is now scheduled for 11:00 Monday morning. It's going to be a long and undoubtedly uncomfortable weekend. The doc took pity on me and gave me a sample package of Singulair since taking it won't compromise the test. I can also use Nasonex, but unfortunately I don't have any here with me at work. I wish I did -- I've already got one heck of a sinus headache. I'm not sure which is more bothersome, the headache or how itchy the inside of my nose feels.
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Had my appointment with the allergy doc this morning. Thinking ahead, I skipped my morning dose of antihistamines. Good thinking, as the scratch test is now scheduled for 11:00 Monday morning. It's going to be a long and undoubtedly uncomfortable weekend. The doc took pity on me and gave me a sample package of Singulair since taking it won't compromise the test. I can also use Nasonex, but unfortunately I don't have any here with me at work. I wish I did -- I've already got one heck of a sinus headache. I'm not sure which is more bothersome, the headache or how itchy the inside of my nose feels.
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Had my appointment with the allergy doc this morning. Thinking ahead, I skipped my morning dose of antihistamines. Good thinking, as the scratch test is now scheduled for 11:00 Monday morning. It's going to be a long and undoubtedly uncomfortable weekend. The doc took pity on me and gave me a sample package of Singulair since taking it won't compromise the test. I can also use Nasonex, but unfortunately I don't have any here with me at work. I wish I did -- I've already got one heck of a sinus headache. I'm not sure which is more bothersome, the headache or how itchy the inside of my nose feels.
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Had my appointment with the allergy doc this morning. Thinking ahead, I skipped my morning dose of antihistamines. Good thinking, as the scratch test is now scheduled for 11:00 Monday morning. It's going to be a long and undoubtedly uncomfortable weekend. The doc took pity on me and gave me a sample package of Singulair since taking it won't compromise the test. I can also use Nasonex, but unfortunately I don't have any here with me at work. I wish I did -- I've already got one heck of a sinus headache. I'm not sure which is more bothersome, the headache or how itchy the inside of my nose feels.
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The subject pretty much says it all. I've been so miserable I called my allergy doctor and made an appointment to find out what steps I need to take to get shots. Seeing as I already know he doesn't want to start giving me any until I have a new test panel, that'll be the second step. The first step is figuring out how to get me through four days without taking my meds. Seeing as I'm currently taking four different medicines -- plus twice-daily sinus rinses -- and I still suffer from non-stop post-nasal drip, this may be a bigger hurdle than I can realistically cross at this time of year.
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The subject pretty much says it all. I've been so miserable I called my allergy doctor and made an appointment to find out what steps I need to take to get shots. Seeing as I already know he doesn't want to start giving me any until I have a new test panel, that'll be the second step. The first step is figuring out how to get me through four days without taking my meds. Seeing as I'm currently taking four different medicines -- plus twice-daily sinus rinses -- and I still suffer from non-stop post-nasal drip, this may be a bigger hurdle than I can realistically cross at this time of year.
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The subject pretty much says it all. I've been so miserable I called my allergy doctor and made an appointment to find out what steps I need to take to get shots. Seeing as I already know he doesn't want to start giving me any until I have a new test panel, that'll be the second step. The first step is figuring out how to get me through four days without taking my meds. Seeing as I'm currently taking four different medicines -- plus twice-daily sinus rinses -- and I still suffer from non-stop post-nasal drip, this may be a bigger hurdle than I can realistically cross at this time of year.
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The subject pretty much says it all. I've been so miserable I called my allergy doctor and made an appointment to find out what steps I need to take to get shots. Seeing as I already know he doesn't want to start giving me any until I have a new test panel, that'll be the second step. The first step is figuring out how to get me through four days without taking my meds. Seeing as I'm currently taking four different medicines -- plus twice-daily sinus rinses -- and I still suffer from non-stop post-nasal drip, this may be a bigger hurdle than I can realistically cross at this time of year.
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