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Date: 2012-05-18 15:30
Subject: The state of me
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Music:none today
Tags:diabetes, health, rl, sleep apnea
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).

This entry was originally posted at http://mrs-sweetpeach.dreamwidth.org/354950.html.
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User: mbcrui
Date: 2012-05-18 23:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's really a fact of age, I think. I'm often up wandering the house in the middle of the night. And I'll go for weeks waking up at the same time every night.

Just a warning, tho. I have a weird reaction to antihistimes.. they tend to make me really hyper. (to the point of making my blood pressure go up)... you might be having a reaction to your allergy meds that keep you from sleeping.

And the Black Cohash is working for my hot flashes, have you tried it? And I've actually called my doctor about the legs and feet cramps. I think I need potassium, but I want her to do a blood test first... my mother was on prescription doses of it for a while, so I'm going to make sure.

When you're doing the stressing thing, have you tried reading for a little bit? I find giving my brain something else to think about is good... not necessarily something new, but maybe keep an old favorite on the tablet for the waking-up times. (If I start reading on something new, I want to know what happened and I'll stay awake. Something old means I know what's coming next)

I'm sorry to hear about the diabetes. My mom and one of my sisters are on "the pill". Be careful to monitor your blood sugar closely, high is bad long term, but it's possible that it could drop too. Seizures result from low blood sugar, and possibly heart attacks and dead... so keep a really close eye. (My mother has had a couple of low blood sugar seizures in the past year or two... they're pretty scary things).
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-05-19 02:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Fortunately it makes me sleepy. And this is an improvement over the OTC cold medinine that made my blood pfresjure go way up.

As for waking up at the same time every night I do that too, 2:30 every night. I get up for about 15 minutes. Long enough to pee, drink a half quart of water, and wash my face to remove the oil from my skin and permit my CPAP mask to seal propperly when I get back to bed.
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User: mbcrui
Date: 2012-05-19 11:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm up at about 2:30... for a while, then 4:30 for a while. :)
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