I’ve been a good girl, and I’ve tried to use the C-Pap machine every night. I can only say try, because I’m still not using it all night long. I did manage to keep it on for 6 hours on Saturday night, and I thought I had it licked. Then last night I couldn’t stand it past 1:30AM.
I’m pretty much used to the nose canula now, but the chin strap contraption is quite another matter. I’m going to call the tech again this morning for another appointment, since I only have another week before I’m stuck with whatever equipment I have after 30 days. I have Acne Rosacea, which normally is not a problem for me, as I quit wearing makeup, except for lipstick, many years ago. The reason I bring that up is that all these straps and bands is irritating my face. I’m starting to get red patches around my mouth where the chin strap is rubbing as I turn in the night. There are several other types of chin straps available, so I’m hoping she can find something else that I can use.
We’re in the middle of a cold wave right now, with high temperatures in the 90’s! So, DH got up this morning in the mood to go walking. We were out at the track at 5:15AM, and there were already people out there walking. It’s really the only time of day that it’s safe to be doing it right now. I did 3/4 mile, plus my knee and shoulder exercises, and the Tai Chi, while he did 2 miles. Not bad for the first time we’ve been there in several weeks. Of course, I’ve been walking around at home and working a little bit in the yard each morning, so I was not out of shape too badly. Maybe tomorrow I’ll walk a mile, but I won’t push it if I’m not ready. I learned that lesson really well.
The gas is still just as much a problem as it has been, and I’m supposed to call my Gastro this week to let him know how I’m doing. I’ll wait a few more days, just in case DH’s explanation is right. He thinks I need to give myself a few days for the colon to adjust after the GoLYTELY, and he’s probably right.
I also noticed that the tremor in my hands is becoming more noticeable, and showing up more often. I’ve not had tremors up until recently. Balance wasn’t so good yesterday, either. But I’m not in walking shoes on Sunday morning, and that could be it. I am wearing flats, with as much support as I could find, but I never feel as secure when I wear them. I’m not sure what I could wear that didn’t look like athletic shoes, but I’m going to have to find something. Part of the problem right now is that I have more tissue swelling than I have been having. I’ve been on a diuretic for a long time, even before I was diagnosed with PD. But now, my fingers are so swollen that I can’t completely close my fists. My ankles are badly swollen, too, and my weight is up, which I’m assuming is fluid.
So, I’m still dealing with lots of little problems, none of which, hopefully, are serious, but all are things that lesson my quality of life. I am thankful that I am in as good a shape as I am. Reading about all the problems that other PWP have makes me feel very blessed that I have a wonderful hubby to help me when I need it, and sympathize with me when I need that, too. I feel for those Parkies friends whose symptoms are so much more debilitating than mine are, and pray that they have a good day today.