The CPAP machine is getting a little bit easier to stand now, but I still haven’t slept past 3:00AM with it on. That represents as much as 6 hours of sleep on a few nights, which is definitely better than before. I am having trouble keeping the chin strap on, as it is a soft band of stretchy material, with Velcro on the end. I need it because I am a mouth breather. Without it, I wake up with a sore throat and a dry mouth, as the forced air is being forced right down my throat.
So, I called the people that the CPAP machine came from, and we will take all the stuff into their office on Monday, and they’ll see what they can do to help me.
So far, I’m not satisfied with the results of the Bowel Retraining routine the Gastroenterologist has me on, as I still have difficulty getting my muscles to work effectively. I’m to call him this next week to set up the colonoscopy, if I’m not satisfied with the results, so it looks like I may be scheduling that sometime soon.
So for the time being I’m in a state of limbo, just waiting for the right time to take care of things differently.
I have tried to get more exercise the last few days, but it has to be done at the crack of dawn, literally. I was outside walking around in the front, where the street light shines, at 5:30 this morning. It was already hot, but certainly bearable. I worked in the yard a bit, swept the driveway and sidewalks (a good exercise for my shoulder), and worked up a good sweat. DH and I have both noticed that I’m slowing down again. This symptom of Parkinson’s is called Bradykinesia, and it’s my main problem, both with my legs, hands, and my digestive tract.