Apartment update — throwing around “my brother the lawyer” was very helpful in working with management. They are implementing his advice, at least most of it, and have said they are commited to doing the repairs to my satisfaction. Which is a big improvement over what they said on Wed. Friday they chopped out the wet wall and baseboards and patched in new, covering a much bigger area than I expected, and Monday I’ll get paint.
I don’t know what’s happening with the carpet but they ripped out enough carpet pad that I know SOMETHING is happening. Whether that ends up being both whole rooms or just pieced sections, I don’t know. I’ll probably have to move the poor kitty to the study again on Monday so she doesn’t get in the middle of the noise and activity and freak out. For now she’s curled up on her little footstool next to mama, making us both happy.
Friday I had an appointment with the sleep doctor, the first since I moved last summer. Although I’ve been on CPAP for over 3.5 years, I’ve been having problems in the last year waking up in the night and not waking up as refreshed as I did when I first got the CPAP. Since I am an expert diagnostician with a medical degree from Google, I was pretty sure that my air pressure needed to be adjusted up higher. I’ve gained back so much weight since the pressures were set that it was a good bet, and the doctor concurred.
What was annoying was the conversation about my weight problem. Did I know that it would be helpful for me to lose weight and that lowering my BMI would have an effect on my required air pressure, not to mention improve my health? Noooooooo, no one has ever mentioned it. Would I be interested in information about weight loss program in a neighboring town that only costs $1200 for personalized plan? No, I wouldn’t.
It makes me so mad that they tell me this every time I see a doctor, even when I volunteer up front that I know I have a weight problem and that it’s not helping. See? I’m Self Aware and have listened to people tell me in the past that I am a failure and need to work on this and then everything will be fine.
I grumbled loudly about it to the sleep tech who did a mask fitting after I saw the doctor. She’s doing WW herself and we commiserated about it. But then she did say that the doctors have to tell us if there is a weight-related factor to any physical problem, because otherwise they are open to liability for NOT having said anything. So I should expect to keep hearing it. In a funny way, that did help. It’s not pointed at me for being stupid and a failure, it’s just doing their job. I can listen and get upset, listen and get motivated, or listen and ignore the stress levels.
We also talked about WLS and the effect on sleep apnea. Her experience with patients is that there’s a big improvement quickly, not just from the weight loss, although that’s certainly a major factor. I may not get to a place where the apnea is completely gone but it could get low enough that the CPAP isn’t really needed. It would be great to not be tied to the hoses and masks every night.