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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2008-06-13 10:34
Subject: Oh crap
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Tags:health, rl, sleep apnea
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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mbumby
User: mbumby
Date: 2008-06-20 17:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Try 2. My first composition of this just ... disappeared ...

Yipes. Hope you improve noticeably despite articles like that.

I've never had any sort of memory -- except for slights (and that I attribute to being a scorpio ;-)) I've flunked pop quizzes (which I expected) even though I studied at home and re-read the material in class before the quiz. And this year at Duck, although the spouse remembers the hotel, I have NO memory of it. They say that they have been there 5 years, and since I met Bob T. in the GT suite at Duck -- AFTER I met you -- which was within the last 5 years... I have to believe it was in this hotel... But even knowing that there was nothing familiar.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2008-12-08 02:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Somewhere or other I think I read an article concerning Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy being used to deeply oxygenate the brain. I'd be interested in spending time in one just to see if it helped, but that would assume that I knew where to find one and that insurance would pay for it.

Before all this I had a pretty good memory and I don't like that I no longer do.
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mbumby
User: mbumby
Date: 2008-12-08 03:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Somehow I suspect that that therapy would not be something insurance would jump at the chance to cover. But if you learn anything, please share.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2008-12-08 03:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's a deal.
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