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Health update
I had my preliminary visit with the Sleep Clinic today. It was just a fill-out-this-questionnaire and go over my history with the doctor kind of thing. But she agrees, it sounds like I have sleep apnea. So I have a prescription for Fluticasone (aka Flonase) which may help reduce the symptoms. (I have bad allergies, and it is that time of year.) And an appointment for an overnight sleep study on 11/28. They’re going to try to get me in sooner, but they’re moving from UMass Memorial to a new facility a few blocks away (where all the new construction is near WPI, for the locals) and that’s got everything messed up for the next week or so. Then there’s Thanksgiving. So it’ll probably be the 28th.

Odds are I’ll end up with a CPAP machine. And as one of my coworkers put it “That’ll do wonders for dating.” Yeah...

As for my heel, I stopped taking the ibuprofen after Monday night. So it has been two nights without it, and I slept OK - well, as good as I normally do (see above). It is noticeably sore, and the pain seems to have moved to the arch a bit, but it isn’t too bad. Not like it was when it started. I stopped taking the pain killers because I don’t like taking things like that unless I really need it. And while I’m on them I can’t tell if it is healing or not, since I don’t feel the pain.

And on a completely unrelated note, I went off on TiVo’s web developers a bit tonight. Pet peeve.

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7threality From: 7threality Date: November 3rd, 2006 10:24 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've read that a Diggereedo (sp?) (that tube thing used by Australian aborigines) can help with sleep apnea. The idea being that the apnea is caused by weak throat muscles so that you aren't breathing properly at night while asleep and playing one of these can strengthen the muscles.

I've been thinking of getting one, but I balance that with being killed in my sleep by one or more of my roommates...
dsrtao From: dsrtao Date: November 3rd, 2006 11:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I have severe sleep apnea, and I use a CPAP. The machine is significantly quieter than my snoring was. I used to need nine to ten hours of sleep a night, feel dead tired in the afternoons, and take long naps on weekends. Now I think that six and a half to seven hours of sleep is wonderful.

And I'm losing weight. I used to need extra food to keep my energy level up, especially sugar and caffeine. I had no time for exercise. You can't lose weight if you're spending extra hours immobile instead of active -- cutting down on food would have meant even more time asleep.
7threality From: 7threality Date: November 3rd, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've heard the machines are quiet. I was thinking more along the lines of my roommates getting annoyed with me if I'm huffing on a didgeridoo for an hour (or whatever) each evening to strengthen muscles so that I sleep better because I breathe better while asleep.

I've got the same deal that you describe, snoring (dunno how much I snore now, but I've woken myself up on occasion), need for sleep, waking up tired and wanting to nap in the afternoons. But I'll probably give the instrument a try before I see a Dr about it.

mephron From: mephron Date: November 3rd, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Man, I wish I could get my appointment that early. But I don't have mine until freaking DECEMBER. (And I had my initial consult two weeks ago.)

For the heel: try and get some Dr. Scholl's with heel support. I have a heel bone spur, and the podiatrist had me put a heel lift in that shoe. In a few days I wasn't feeling the pain at all. I'd still recommend the podiatrist appointment, if you can find a sane one.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 3rd, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I do have the Dr. Scholl's inserts for my boots now and they do help a lot. And I have a follow-up with the doc and visiting podiatrist on the 16th.
From: dirkcjelli Date: November 3rd, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
A hyperbaric meditation chamber may be the way to go...
mephron From: mephron Date: November 3rd, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Great, just what we needed. Darth Zoner.
etherial From: etherial Date: November 3rd, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

re: IE

That is asinine. The software I develop is also IE-only, which makes it easy to debug, but annoying for me. This coming from a guy who was the last IE holdout in his peer group and a mac user to boot.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 3rd, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: IE

I don't have any problem with specialized applications that are browser specific. We (Cyphermint) develop kioks and the UI is all HTML, JavaScript, and Flash - and very, very much IE-only. But it is a dedicated application that just uses IE as the rendering container.

My peeve is with supposedly general purpose websites meant for everyone that do this. And it turns out, from comments, that the site doesn't work in Safari either (as expected), so they've pretty much locked out anyone not on Windows.
lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: November 3rd, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
If your heel has some sort of muscle damage, you need to take the Ibuprofen until the pain is gone and the muscles have healed. I had to do that for my thumb when I somehow wrecked it, and I was on large doses of Advil for a whole -month-. I hated it too, however it was far better than not being able to grip things with that hand....

Did your doctor recommend any stretches or anything? That usually helps too.

Obviously you need a house Julie to rub your feet every night. ;-)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 3rd, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Unfortunately I don't think the house Julie position will be a popular one.
hnybny From: hnybny Date: November 3rd, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I found this and thought I should send you the link..

z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: November 4th, 2006 07:22 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ironically, your rant about TiVo's website is itself Bad and Wrong, being:

1) In hideous, eyebending color combinations (like all the LJ styles you seem to like);

2) In a tiny sans-serif font (ditto); and

3) Incredibly wide, forcing a lot of irritating horizontal scrolling.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 5th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, the TL community uses TiVo's colors. :-)

I've always liked like colors on black - fond of the green phosphor look. My LJ is based on xterm colors. :-)

2. I didn't do anything to set the font, that's LJ and whatever they set it to.

3. I pasted their JavaScript as-is, that myst be the width.