Sleep Study

I’d been told that I would not get the results back for 5-6 weeks; however, a doctor from the clinic called urgently yesterday to tell me I had sleep apnea. Apparently, it is severe sleep apnea with events occurring over 100 times a minute. At night, my blood oxygen level drops dramatically. The good news is that it comes back to normal as soon as I start breathing again. She was going to call the medical supply company and get me set up to get a CPAP as soon as possible. People keep telling me that this could be a miracle life changer. We’ll see. However, studies have shown that obstructive sleep apnea is a cause of hypertension, headaches, memory loss, high blood glucose levels, and a myriad of other health conditions. As I said, we’ll see, and I’ll keep you informed.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

2 responses to “Sleep Study

  • PBB

    I sleep with a CPAP and it has been a wonderful help in getting restful sleep. If your apnea is as severe as the test indicates you will see a wonderful change in your fatigue and energy levels. I hope this impacts your headaches as well. I don’t often comment but I do enjoy the blog. Thank you for sharing your talent with us and good luck with the CPAP.

  • Steve Davis

    Your post is once again a great reminder for me to be in contact with my own doctors. I’m glad you’re taking care to address the matter. Every breath is precious. Once again, your post is making an important impact in my life, not just for viewing pleasure, but for serious matters which need attention.

    Your friend, Steve

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