Just a few days ago I hit the 2 year anniversary of my humble little blog. Things haven’t exactly been…busy around here, especially during the past 6 months. So many things have conspired to keep the words from flowing out of my brain.
Back around the beginning of the year, I finally decided that the time was right to have a sleep study done in the hope of discovering why I am constantly tired. The result was a diagnosis of sleep apnea, which is apparently the malady du jour since my father and 6 of my friends also have it. It seems oddly disproportionate to know that many apnea sufferers, which is similar to the large number of left-handed people I know. Regardless, once that diagnosis was made I figured that the answer to my sleep problem was a slam dunk – get hooked up with a CPAP machine and sleep well, awakening refreshed and energized for all the things I want to do! Unfortunately my slam dunk struck the rim and failed to hit net. I feel…better, but it’s not where I thought it would be based on the results of others and the one test night I had as part of the sleep study. However there are still many factors that go into getting a good night’s sleep, which may include increasing CPAP pressure after I have my next consultation with the sleep center. I hold onto the hope that things will still get better down the road.
On top of sleep issues, the past month has been a miserable time for other health related issues. It started with a head cold that moved down into my chest, leading to what I thought was a case of bronchitis. I did a 10 day course of antibiotics after a doctor visit, but wasn’t feeling any better. While all of that was happening over the course of about 3 weeks, allergy season arrived – in full force. A second doctor visit resulted in another diagnosis – asthma. Now, several years ago I was told by a pulmonary specialist that he suspected I had a mild case of asthma, but he couldn’t confirm that diagnosis unless I moved out of my house to stay away from my dogs for three weeks. Yeah. That was just not happening, I mean how many people could just up and leave their home for that long? So, no official asthma tag was ever placed on me, but it fit with certain things so I always assumed it was true. Now I have further evidence, as it appears that the head/chest cold and my allergies both aggravated the asthma. After a 5 minute Albuterol treatment in the doctor’s office, I noticed a huge difference. A visit to the pharmacy and many dollars later, I now have 2 inhalers and a 5 day course of Prednisone to get me past my breathing difficulties.
With the exception of my allergies flat out not wanting to behave, I’m actually starting to feel better. I still want to claw my eyes out of my head, but they will fall in line after I get past the worst of the allergy season kickoff extravaganza. Then I can get back to some creative work, and perhaps some day I can grace my horde of blog subscribers with some more fiction (I can still call a half dozen people a horde, right?).