As such, I was prescribed a CPAP machine. This is a device that fits over your nose and basically raises the air pressure, which keeps the passageway from collapsing. Both my mother and my mother-in-law have these and both have raved about them.
It took quite a while to get the thing, and it required a nurse to come and show me how to use it. It was quite clear that she typically dealt with patients who were perhaps on the elderly and senile range. The instructions were given to a level that were insulting, and included having her literally instruct me how to answer the robocall that would check on my state every month or so. (Joke's on her...I never answer the phone.) The most comical bit was when she wanted an emergency contact phone "other than your home phone". That seemed odd given that they weren't actually treating me directly. "Why?" I asked. "In case there's a recall or something, we need to know who to contact". "Er...that would be me."
It took about a week to get used to sleeping with it. I was very short on sleep for a few days. The asthmatic in my likes having fresh air blown in my face, but having something strapped there makes it difficult to be comfortable, especially when you're used to sleeping face down. (And given the problem, learning to sleep on my back would not be a plus.) It is disconcerting in that given the pressure, if you open your mouth with it on, air comes out without you actually breathing. It also isn't a particularly romantic way to lay in the marriage bed, if you know what I mean.
One of the things I was told at the study was that I was having no REM sleep at all, which is not good. I hadn't really noticed this...I don't track my dreams, but it isn't good in general for mood or memory. One of the first things I noticed was I was suddenly having many more dreams at night than I'd remembered having in the recent past. (Exacerbated I am sure due to sleeping very lightly because of the machine on my face. For the first few days, I was waking 4-5 times a night.)
Sadly, my hope of suddenly needing less sleep at night has not come to pass. I am, however, feeling more refreshed in the morning, and more able to cope with limited sleep hours in general. I am also hoping that the sleep apnea was part of the migraine trigger related to this. I have so far managed two nights with single glasses of red wine to no effect. This may be luck, however. Next weekend I try parmesan.
In other health news: I am still caffeine free, but my weight loss has mostly stalled. Too much eating out.
I have been driving to work far more than I used to, because I've finally got a permanent on-site parking spot and for whatever reason, either the economy, the addition of "fasTrak", or both, the commute in is now twenty minutes shorter than by train. Unfortunately, this means I no longer have the hour-and-a-half reading time a day that I have enjoyed for years. My reading has plummeted.
I have, however, been using audiobooks for the commute. I've found that I tend towards history more than fiction for whatever reason, and have a bad tendency to pick huge unabridged multivolume sets. Currently, I am listening to Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative. (American Civil War.) I am quite enjoying them, but they are loooong. 2500 pages translates to over 100 hours of audio. The story is well told, and compelling.
Previous to this, I knew only the basics about the conflict, mostly based on a standard US education and a general interest in history. I've long known that this is a conflict much loved by military historians, and I now see why. It was a big, varied conflict. As far as I know, this was the biggest war between the Napoleonic Wars and World War I, despite being a single nation affair. You've got two sides fielding nearly half a million men at times, spread over a thousand miles of front for four years.
It was a half-modern war. The first war where trains and telegraphs were of central strategic importance. (Prefiguring the Franco-Prussian war by ten years.) It was the first major war with armored, powered navies. There was no trench warfare, true, but this was mostly due to the long front and smaller armies. The technology was there. (And in fact very, very few attacks on entrenched positions succeeded in this war.)
I was also surprised at the number of California connections among the leadership of both sides. (Both Grant and Sherman spent significant time here, for instance.)
In general, the entire conflict is mostly a story of ineptitude. Often the war is cast as a battle between a well-provisioned by poorly led North and a poor, but well led South. This is not entirely true. Take away Lee and Jackson, and the quality of generalship would likely be on par. The generalship of both armies cut it's teeth in the Mexican-American war, and neither was thus trained for the far bigger task that was defeating the other half of the nation.
Work: I am in a spot where I am not particularly happy and yet every time I look at job posts, they look worse than where I am. I need to have a good dotcom idea.
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