Monday, December 15, 2014

CPAP... the new normal

Well, I have been busy and haven't added much to our blog lately!
Since we returned from Broadbeach in October, we've both been working hard.  I've been working a lot more than I expected this term! I have been to Sydney to spend some time with Mum and Dad.  Dad has had too many health challenges this year but has been amazingly positive and has faced them all courageously. Life isn't much fun for him these days!

I've been getting used to using my CPAP machine to sleep and have been sleeping much better. I have been feeling less tired and have found that my blood pressure has gone back to within the normal range. This is good news. No need for any blood pressure medication.

I wouldn't wish the CPAP machine on anyone, but it has helped me and I am told it will increase my life span. The first two months while using the rental machine was pretty difficult.

Since late September I have been using my own brand new machine and things have been good, despite a few setbacks with a bad season of hay fever and a rye neck that was very painful. Rick had a few medical check-ups and also a trip to emergency with a kidney stone. He seems to be fine now.

We've been enjoying minding Lois and Phoebe a bit more regularly to enable both Stuart and Cherie to attend worship team practices together. This has meant we get to see them on Tuesday nights and then I mind the girls on Thursday afternoons.

Towards the end of the term I was asked to work a few full- week stints, so then I had to  miss out on minding the girls as well as going to my Thursday morning group at church.

Note added 22/12/14
I am really enjoying having more energy now I have adjusted well to my CPAP machine. What a difference consistent and quality sleep  makes! For our family Christmas I prepared breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner; went for a swim in the afternoon  and still went to bed after 10pm, feeling a bit tired but not thoroughly exhausted as I have been for years! I could not have done all that this time last year! Amazing!

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