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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2008-03-06 22:34
Subject: Health stuff, probably TMI
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Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
Mood:tiredtired
Music:Crime 360 (on A&E)
Tags:health, rl

I had the pressure on my CPAP machine bumped up two notches this morning. My last sleep study showed I do a little better with a higher pressure, so I've been meaning to get over to the clinic with my machine to have it adjusted. Naturally, the clinic and work are in opposite directions and both keep office hours. We'll see how I feel after a week or so on the new pressure. It sure would be nice not to have to force myself to get out of bed every morning.

The last time I went to see my arthritis specialist, she asked if my toes ever change colors. I got to wondering about why they do that and went hunting on the web. It's something called Raynaud’s. From what I read, cold temperatures, stress and anxiety can trigger attacks, and the attacks are more common in the winter months. This has been one of the worst winters for me in terms of cold feet. At work, I'm near the front door and there's a serious draft that reaches under my desk. And wouldn't you know, we have ten inches of snow in the forecast for the weekend. I will be so happy when Spring really gets here.
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Jackie/JJ - I don't do Happily Ever After: Hugs
User: jackiesjunkie
Date: 2008-03-07 04:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hugs
Cold feet are no fun. Hope things warm up for you soon!
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User: lorelei633
Date: 2008-03-07 15:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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*hugs you tight* Hang in there and feel better soon.
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AerynSun
User: peach1250
Date: 2008-03-08 02:31 (UTC)
Subject: I picked
up my machine on Tuesday. Any suggestions for making it through the night on it? So far I've made it 5 hours without turning it off. Last night it was making so much noise I turned it off. The noise stopped when I put my hand on top of it. [can't sleep like that]

I'm beginning to think I should have gotten the full mask instead of the small thing that fits under your nose.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2008-03-08 04:12 (UTC)
Subject: Re: I picked
Hmmm. My machine isn't particularly noisy. It sounds rather like a white-noise generator, and certainly not loud enough to keep me up. If yours quiets down when you have your hand on top, is it a vibration issue? Would it help if you put something on top, to weigh it down? Or put something under it, like a thick phone book?

Who manufacturers your machine and what's the model name or number? I have a Fisher & Paykel HC220LE and use a Respironics mask (one of the ones that fits over the nose and mouth). I tried a nose-only mask, but when my allergies act up (which is pretty much 95% of the time) I can't breathe through my nose and that defeats the whole thing. The mask I'm using now works pretty well, but there are days it just doesn't want to fit right and lets air escape. On nights like that I wish I could wear the nose-only mask or, even better, one of the nose-pillow models.
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Jeff
User: backrubbear
Date: 2008-03-08 16:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wool socks. Seriously.
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