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Rolling Along on the perpetually bumpy road of life!

December 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, Christmas is officially over. It was a good one for us. Mark remained healthy, we were able to spend quality time with family.

Now I am looking forward to the end of the year. I can’t say I am sorry that 2011 is ending. It’s been a tough year for us, filled with lots of change, stress, and loss. Yet, the prospect of the new year bring much hope for us.

Like many people, I got caught up in the holiday season. I’ve lost track of time! I’ve been decorating the house for the holidays. I’ve been trying to get things in order for the new year. I’ve been shopping for holiday gifts for family – and friends. I designed all the Christmas cards, and I mailed them out! I wrapped, I celebrated, and I ate (a lot)!

On a different note, Mark got his Bipap machine for sleep apnea. It’s relatively small. About the width of a shoe box, but half the length. The mask that they initially gave him was not comfortable for him. It kept slipping off his face, and it would make a hissing noise as the air escaped. When he didn’t adjust it fast enough, the darn thing would make a trumpeting noise. And it was not a nice trumpet sound. It sounded like someone who had no clue how to play a trumpet!! It would startle poor Belle, and she would charge up to the top of the bed and stick her face into Mark’s to see if he was okay! It was actually kind of cute.

He called his doctor and he got a different type of mask. It seems to be a better fit. Mark claims that the machine is not helping him – and if it is, is a very minimal improvement. I see it from a different point of view. I have noticed that Mark sleeps so much more peacefully (except for the occasional mask adjustment). He does not snore, snort, gasp for air, or hold his breath. He also does not kick in his sleep anymore. He doesn’t move his feet and legs around like he did. And he does not shake his legs either!

Mark says he is still exhausted and still feels tired and sleepy at the most inappropriate times. I don’t see that nearly as much as I did. He seems more alert in the evenings. He says he is not. He says he still naps during the day. I am not sure what to think. From an outward appearance, he seems much better, but I don’t know what he is actually feeling. He is going to see the sleep specialist after the first of the year. I suppose we will see what she has to say about all of this.

I know he finds the mask and hose to be restrictive, but he (begrudgingly) does wear it for most of the night. During week days, I have seen him pull it off about 5AM which is about 30 minutes before the alarm goes off. I don’t fault him for that. He’s been wearing the darn thing for 7 hours at this point.

This morning, he was still wearing it when I got out of the shower about 8AM. I was impressed. He looked so peaceful. His breathing is so quiet now that I have to actually see if he is alive!! LOL Did I mention that I can hear the music station at night? It’s been something I have been missing out on for AGES because Mark would snore and snort over the music! It was so wonderful to listen to the holiday music as I was trying to sleep!

Last night Mark told me that he got his “dialysis report card”. He said that overall it was pretty good except for his weight. Well, we all know that weight gain is something that Mark (and I) excel at. But it’s “crunch time” right after the new year starts. I definitely need to get on track to lose weight, eat healthier, and get more active. Of course, getting organized, finishing up a gazillion projects that I’ve started, and writing more regularly are also some things that I need to tackle as well. Sadly I say this every year, and every year, I fail miserably!! Oh well at least I tried!!!

If I don’t post again this year, Happy and Healthy New Year to one and all!!

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