Posts filed under ‘High Bood Pressure’

Update from the CPAP Doc.

Well, I visited the doc for my first checkup after starting CPAP.  I have had only 3 nights without use of the CPAP and I never sleep without it.  I wish I had the miracle that others have, but I am not there yet.  I feel better, but not as good as I should probably feel.

One thing that the nurses and docs do is survey you on do you feel drowsy during meetings or other things like that and the score is a number.  The lower the number, the better.  I improved from a 6 to a 8.

I mentioned to the doc that I still tend to open my mouth EVEN with a chinstrap on.  The chinstrap is supposed to stop your from opening your mouth but it just plain does not work on me.  I asked the doc if I could switch masks to a full face and she said sure and I perked right up and asked for a specific mask.  She wrote up the order for it.  If you want to know, it’s a ResMed Mirage Liberty.  This has the pillows like my first mask, but has a cover that goes over my mouth so that if I open it, the air goes down the throat instead of rushing out of it ruining the therapy.

Losing weight will also help my Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  I hope to be off the machine as I continue to lose more weight.  I have lost 70 lbs thus far.

It is possible that I may not ever be able to get off of it without surgery.  Being overweight can cause OSA, but so can a whole slew of other things.

Another good thing…my BP was 118/78 which is NORMAL!  That doesn’t mean I can come off the meds, but it does mean I am heading the right direction.    I have to have low blood pressure before they change the meds.

August 23, 2007 at 9:36 am

ISG and Ardour GTK

I have started a new podcast called The Incredible Shrinking Geek  on podshow.  This show will kind of chronicle my weight loss program of sorts as well as provide people with hints on how I got around things like eating out and more.  It’s located at:

http://incredibleshrinkinggeek.podshow.com

Anyway, as I want to always have the ability to record this show, I decided to use Ardour as the editor.  Ardour runs on Linux and is a full Digital Audio Workstation.  It can also record multi tracks as well.  It’s a bit complicated but it does work.  It uses another program called JackD which is a audio server on steroids.  It can handle working in realtime if your kernel supports it.  Anyway, take a listen to the show and try Ardour if you want something better then Audacity.

June 26, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Quizno’s and Other Restaraunt Nutritional Data.

As many of you who read my blog know, I have been diagnosed with High Blood pressure. In order to combat this and get off of the drugs, I have been attempting to lose weight as well as regulate my sodium intake. This is incredibly hard when restaurants refuse to put their nutritional data on their websites. Namely, Quiznos. Look and search as I may, I can’t find the data. I have found lots of info on the subs, but some estimations on some sites leave out the sodium content. In fact, why should I have to go anywhere but the main Quiznos website at: http://www.quiznos.com ? (Sorry, no hyperlink because I am lazy). Anyway, I may try asking them and see if I can find something I can eat for lunch or I just might skip it. GRR.

The reason it’s important to me is where I am at this week has a Quiznos right downstairs and it’s really convenient to get there. Anyway, I will probably screw my sodium content for today.

The things in their veggie that are totally unknown to me are the bread, the vinaigrette and any cheese they put on it. Yes the bread has sodium…there’s a ton of hidden sodium in that tasty roll. That’s why it’s TASTY! 😀

April 2, 2007 at 10:07 am 1 comment

Just had my Physical….when was yours??

Just for the people who read this blog (all two of you) I wanted to share my experience at the Doctor’s office this week.

I have to say right now, I am a large guy. I have battled with weight all my life and I have tried going to the gym multiple times. Well, now I have to finally kick my weight in the proverbial ass. During the physical, my BP was 150/90 and they prescribed blood pressure medicine. This kind of freaked me the hell out, but I knew something like this was coming.

My goal now is to get off of these meds this year if at all possible and to lose weight.

Another goal of mine is to let my readers, and listeners know that if you have not gotten into the habit of getting a yearly physical that you should do this. These things usually affect you the rest for your life, but with careful diet and weight loss, you can get rid of it or at least the requirement that you take medicine.

March 2, 2007 at 3:20 pm


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