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Date: 2013-08-29 07:57
Subject: Drive-by Update
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Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
I survived another sleep study. This was the first time I've slept *laying down in a bed* without a CPAP machine since I got one and I was concerned this would do in my heart. I have no idea how much time I spent asleep last night but I know it wasn't nearly long enough. I don't believe I ever fell asleep during that part of the study, nor do I think I was able to sleep with a nose-only mask. Once the technician swapped it for a full face mask I finally conked out for a few hours. I won't learn the results until sometime in October.

Speaking of sleep apnea and hearts, earlier this week I received a call from the sister of my friend Ellen letting me know Ellen passed away. The police found Ellen in her car, pulled over to the side of a road. The autopsy revealed the cause of death as coronary arrest. Ellen's sister said the family was unaware of her having heart trouble but I know untreated sleep apnea can kill and Ellen suffered from it for more than a decade. She maintained that noise from the machine prevented her from falling asleep, as did discomfort from wearing a mask. I never could convince her to give treatment another shot and now I never will.

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User: maddiec24
Date: 2013-08-29 13:41 (UTC)
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I'm sorry to hear about your friend Ellen. And I hope you get good results.
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2013-08-29 17:42 (UTC)
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Thanks. I didn't mention it in my post, but Ellen is, er, was, *exactly* three years older than me. It's weird having friends my age die. I do not approve of this, only mean or extremely old people should be mortal. Which reminds me, have you heard anything from Georgia after her post that she was going to have surgery. I'm worried.
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User: lolabobs
Date: 2013-08-29 20:46 (UTC)
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Sorry for the loss of your friend - it's hard however old someone is, but I agree,if seems wrong when it's someone around your own age.

I have another flister who cannot get on with a CPAP and won't use it (well, a BNF I watch as opposed to someone who talks to me...)

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I just like watching things explode.: true blood jessica desperate hug
User: trillingstar
Date: 2013-08-30 13:36 (UTC)
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Keyword:true blood jessica desperate hug
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Ellen, dearheart. *HUGS*

I'm also wildly glad that you are not giving up on sleep studies. *MORE HUGS*
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Just here for the beer: SPN hug by katysam
User: bloggingchick
Date: 2013-08-31 13:09 (UTC)
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Keyword:SPN hug by katysam
My condolences on the loss of your friend.

I have found that using ordinary otc nasal spray to open my nasal passages has been working well for me. Between that and making sure my pillow is rolled under my neck to force my head back some to keep my throat more open.

I guess it is also a good thing that at work I can check my heart rhythm. As it happens, last night I had to check lead wires which were malfunctioning so I checked myself (comparing them to functioning lead wires) and, with the exception of slightly elevated T-Waves, I still have a very normal sinus rhythm (and normal heart rate).
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