Category Archives: Medical

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.