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DreamDancer

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  1. I haven't been around in quite a while. While I was doing a challenge, I found I had to go to the doctor, because some stuff just wasn't right. I just couldn't make the goals I had for sleeping, loosing weight and a few other things. I already knew I have Sjorgren's syndrome and Fibromyalgia, but I didn't know I had sleep apnea as well. It's taken a lot of time to adjust to my cpap machine and find the correct mask. Then the doctor assigned me to get physical therapy 3x per week. (I was hit by a pick up truck in 2014 and still have a lot of trouble with my left knee because of that.) That's wh
  2. Thanks! Things are looking up for my boyfriend's brother. He lived through 2 surgeries and a Medically Induced Coma so far... As for me - I have entered another phase in the sleep. It turns out that after about a month of CPAP you start getting a ton of REM sleep to make up for what you lost for some years. (REM rebound) My jawbone wristband is showing 4 hours of deep sleep to about an hour of light sleep. That started a day or two ago. But also I am not waking up refreshed like I was the first few weeks of therapy. I wish the sleep doctor or therapists had mentioned this, as I thought I mus
  3. I am not very good at keeping up with progress reports, but it's been a hectic week - and I didn't even really 'do' Thanksgiving - AND took Friday off of work! I am managing to keep the cpap mask on 4+ hours per night. Usually 5+ hours. I still get up about 2 hours after I get to bed for a potty break - but it's not urgent anymore. That part feels more like a habit now. This is way down from waking up 3 or 4 times a night. Once I take the potty break, I am asleep til about 5:30 am. On the cpap forums someone said that you wake up 'too early' for a while, because your body isn't used to getti
  4. For the quitting smoking part, I am working with a book 'How to Quit Smoking in 15 Easy Years : The Slacker's Guide to quitting smoking'. The idea is to start forgetting to smoke. It's a counterintuitive process. You start by enjoying the smoking, and not busting on your self for doing it. Then you start finding other moments of your day to enjoy. The author keeps reinforcing the idea that quitting isn't really 'doing something' - it's simply not doing something. (smoking) I worked with this on the previous challenge too, but at some point, while I was waiting to get the cpap machine, it beca
  5. I didn't even think about grading this time. I have to meet the 4 hour requirement for using the cpap, to comply with the insurance. Most nights that hasn't been a problem, except that now when the mask leaks, I have had a tendency to take it off. It's like once it starts leaking, I can't get it to stop and every effort just makes it worse. I think I have to disconnect it and adjust it without air going through it. Right now I am mostly concerned with not busting on myself and regaining my equilibrium. I hadn't really realized how tired I am, until I started getting actual sleep. I'm waking
  6. I have been using the cpap every night since last Friday, usually 5+ hours (which may still include a nap, especially on the weekend.) I used it watching TV for a bit too, in order to get used to having it on my face. So far : 1. The cornea of my eyes are not so red in the morning that people think I have been smoking pot or have conjunctivitis. They aren't totally clear but the difference is noticeable. (I thought this was allergy until it went away with the only change being cpap.) 2. My ankles aren't getting sock lines from edema. 3. The pain in my left shoulder and hip is less. 4.
  7. I was a bookseller in a former incarnation. I read the book, then bought the workbook. I used the system for several years, and it works.
  8. If you haven't done the 'titration' sleep study with the mask and machine part yet, make sure to get the right mask (for you) . The first tech was going to give me a medium - the second one substituted a small, and now that I have it home, I am wondering if there is an extra small. I figured that the technicians would know best because they do the fittings all the time, but I have been reading a forum 'cpap talk' and the folks there emphasize having the techs go through the various choices. http://www.cpaptalk.com/CPAP-Sleep-Apnea-Forum.html I have to have a 'full' mask because I have a de
  9. I will flesh this challenge out more later, but the basics are: 1. Use my new cpap machine every night for 4+ hours 2. Forget to smoke 3. Work up to playing didgeridoo 1/2 hour per day, 5 days per week. Life quest portion: 1.Revamp my website. 2.Rework my code on Github and get my basic code there. 3. Reconfigure my resume. 4. Fill out my LinkedIn (and anything else I forgot about) per codelouisville instructions. Backstory: Although I was hit by a pick-up truck last year and have fibromyalgia, within the past few months I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and the beginnings of '
  10. It's EXACTLY like the ice cream example! Every time I have tried to quit smoking before, the day I 'set ' to quit I wind up smoking TWO packs, instead of less than one, and it stays that way for a few days... I've read the whole book now, and in a few days I will read it again. The author said sometimes it takes a few readings to get to the point where you're ready to forget to smoke. Part of one of the steps is to start noticing other parts of the day you enjoy. Also to take a few moments without a cig lit up to accept yourself unconditionally. As I go through this process, I am noticin
  11. I had a little breakthrough yesterday. For the first time ever, I was about to habitually light up - and decided I didn't feel like it. I did feel like it later, but I let that be okay. I think I smoked less last night than usual. I am not tracking the number though, as it seems to give the cigarettes too much importance. I also found out that at least part of why I am sick is that I have the beginning symptoms of 'Potters rot'. I have a few rants about it to make, but have to go to work shortly.
  12. After reading last night's chapter of 'The Slacker's Guide to quitting smoking', and getting a big realization - that one thing smoking has been giving me, is a (very short) break in the battle to be better or different - I am wondering if getting sick etc is some sort of forced break our bodies are making us take. One of the things this book keeps reiterating is that it's easiest to change when you are happy, even if you would rather the situation is different from what it is.
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