Many of you have asked on Twitter, Facebook, or via email if I had an update on my health issues and CPAP progress. I appreciate people following up about it – I don't want this whole blog to turn into a “woe-I'm-sick” thing, because that's SO not what I'm about. That being said, I know personally I didn't know about half of this stuff before I sought out answers, so maybe sharing will be helpful to some.
I'm happy to report that I'm up to about 7 hours with the CPAP machine. There have been times where I've woken up without it on, meaning sometime in the middle of the night I've unclipped it and thrown it on the floor. The worst part is taking it off to go to the restroom, and then putting it back on to go back to sleep.
A couple of days ago I got a different CPAP mask to try. I use a full face mask right now because I'm a mouth breather when I sleep. If I were to only use a nasal mask but still continue to try to breathe through my mouth at night, I wouldn't get nearly the same benefit. I wanted to try out a mask that didn't have the plastic bar against the forehead and that was smaller. Here is a comparison of the old versus new mask:
I'm going to give it a couple more days, but I think the new mask is almost too small – it comes unsealed easily and that means I have my own personal
leaf blower fan blowing in my face all night.
As far as telling a difference in fatigue – I have noticed a slight one. This could be a combination of the CPAP and my supplements and shots. Whatever the reason, I just hope it continues to get better.
On another note, I went back to the orthopedic surgeon last week to check on my still-irritated ankle. It's just as swollen and even more painful than before I went into the boot. He wrote me a prescription for orthotic shoes, however given I'm only in my work shoes going less than .2 miles/day and on my rear, I want to make sure I'm being as proactive as possible. Thus a second opinion is scheduled with a foot and ankle orthopedic specialist this week. There is no way I can stand to go through 3 months in orthotic shoes only to have no improvement and still not be able to workout how I want to. Walking is even painful at this point.
I have been pretty frustrated as of late, however I have to remember that at least I have the help I need and some solid plans to getting better. It can only go up from here.
On a happy note, I went to Indianapolis last night to see Million Dollar Quartet. I was able to spend time with one of my besties as well as one of my oldest friends who works on the show (and has lost an incredible amount of weight – she looked FANTASTIC). It was really an incredible show. I highly recommend you go see it if it comes near you. If the show had been 3 weeks ago, I without a doubt wouldn't have had the energy to travel there and enjoy the company. For that, I'm really thankful.