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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2012-08-17 19:54
Subject: The state of me
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Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
Mood:calmcalm
Music:Say Yes to the Dress
Tags:health, rl, sleep apnea
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.

This entry was originally posted at http://mrs-sweetpeach.dreamwidth.org/369643.html.
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ahavia
User: ahavia
Date: 2012-08-18 02:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We have too much in common. I was diagnosed diabetic in 2004. Test myself 3 times a day. Keep notes to show your doctor.
I hope you will continue to feel better.
Ahavia
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Maia C
User: maiac
Date: 2012-08-18 02:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I sympathize with not wanting to admit you have a health problem. At least insurance will pay for what you need to keep it under control.

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★ mypetconcubine: Glee Duo: S/Q comfort
User: mypetconcubine
Date: 2012-08-18 05:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Glee Duo: S/Q comfort
I am happy your insurance is going to help you.
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User: wadjet_theperv
Date: 2012-08-18 07:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good news for the metformin and the neurobod :) I hope the singulair works for you. maddie24c's J takes that doesn't he?

Is there anything they can do to help your apnea? Other than the CPAP machine I mean.
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User: bloggingchick
Date: 2012-08-18 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Sleep by twstdangl8522
My nasal passages are always swollen. I usually take pseudoephedrine (sudafed) 120mg and a BreatheRight strip which only helps a little.

Not sure if your insurance would pay for it, especially without a Dr. rx, but have you considered the Nasal CPAP type masks? Some cover your nose, not your mouth and some fit just inside each nostril forcing the oxygen into each.
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WPAdmirer
User: wpadmirer
Date: 2012-08-20 21:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
YAY! for good news from the neurologist!
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