Good medicine without pills

The last 20 hours have been dedicated to trying to get me better, although I haven’t had to take any pills, other than the normal prescriptions.

I got a call yesterday morning at 9:30, telling me there was an opening to see the sleep therapists in Hays. My original appointment wasn’t until August 30, but last week, I was given an appointment for August 17 in Topeka.

Fortunately, there was a cancellation, so it saved me the waiting and the driving.

It was fortuitous, because after my appointment, I received an APAP (automatic positive airway pressure) machine to help me with my sleep apnea. Turns out the sleep study found severe apnea, and my oxygen saturation was down to a dangerously low 68%.

I used the APAP last night, but didn’t sleep very long. I got up at 3:25 to get my work done for the Russell newspaper.

Also, I have to leave in a few minutes. I have an appointment with Crista at 8 a.m.

My next appointment with her wasn’t scheduled until next Thursday, but while I was waiting for my APAP machine at U-Save pharmacy, I had a voicemail from High Plains Mental Health. As I was sitting in a recliner on the showroom floor, I was able to make an appointment for today.

I could have waited until getting home from Hays to get my writing done, but I figured get it done now, then I could relax before returning to Russell.

The real test of the APAP comes tonight, when I don’t have to set my alarm. I am thinking seriously about going to Kansas City this weekend. I have points to use for the hotel stays, and I can save on meals by using my Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Rewards points.

Okay, it’s off to Hays once again.


About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on August 3, 2016, in Medical, Personal, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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