Health

September 19, 2017

I've complained a lot about being tired.  A diuretic makes me up often during the night.  And, having worked at night has made me prone to getting days and nights confused.

 

Fortunately I was sent to see Dr. Watson.  I've wandered about a number of places at the Vanderbilt hospital but hadn't been to "B," which turns out to be basement.  Dr. Watson suggested a sleep apnea test.  They are held at the Vanderbilt Marriott.  The scheduling is tight and I was on a stand-by basis so I had taken a nap.  When I got there I felt like the Frankenstein with wires all around.  I fell asleep right away and except for a bathroom break was asleep all night.  

 

I was thinking about how there are chemicals aggregated to create a "new car" smell and wondered if this room had some sort of relaxing odor infused.  

 

Dr. Watson called yesterday to say not only do I have apnea but I also have low oxygen.  At times I can feel my heart straining when I am not moving.  

 

She suggested I get on the stand-by list again to see if my oxygen levels can be tested (again at the Marriott) and a C PAP machine prescribed, which is the process Medicare requires.  I laughed out loud when she told me Amazon.com has them for sale!!! 

 

After six weeks a physician must be consulted to state the C PAP has made a difference.  I've just written Carol, the Portland real estate person, to ask about the teaching hospital there.  

 

My heart doctor, who has just moved to St. Louis to start a new cardiology program, stated the hospital is transferring over to a new computer system.  We all know how this process (although it looks swell on the drawing board!) can gray the hair of the implementers.

I want to contact Oregon Health Sciences to get the information from my many gallons of blood electrons transferred before the computer system sends them to the equivalent of a computer black hole.

 

I'm so delighted to have retired and able to sleep and wake in the odd structures of time that is my life.

 

 

 

 

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