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My absence of late

Sorry about my absence recently, but as some may already know and now the rest will know.

I'm an Over the road truck driver doing local runs since I was diagnosed with a mild Sleep arrhythmia.  Basically I don't snore but I do from time to time just stop breathing on the inhale.  My "Sleep Specialist" is really cool and set me up with a forced air CPAP device to stop this from happening.

Long story short because of the newer rules of Obamacare my BlueCross and BlueShield (AWESOME INSURANCE) was replaced with a less than Stellar ASR Health Alliance Plan which reduced my coverage of consumable parts for my CPAP rig.  With BC/BS I was allowed every part every 60 days.  Now with ASR/HAP I'm only allowed consumables once every 6 months.

 

Needless to say with BC/BS I didn't really clean my gear all that well as by the time anything was growing I already had new parts installed.  Well I've contaminated myself with an upper respiratory biological infection.  Which if you don't know makes for an interesting time attempting to just breath let alone do truck and trailer inspections.  Next time you see a semi with a trailer look at it and realize that walking from the drivers door to the trailer connectors, connecting them then around the front of the truck, down the trailer checking the tandems and interior of the trailer then up the drivers side raising the landing gear ( about 30 turns counter clockwise to the jack handle) and back in the truck would take me from a resting heart rate of 72 to 160 and erratic, and my blood pressure from 122/78 to 154/114.

 And of course my regular doctor said stop being a fatass and move.  I finally went to the ER and saw a doctor who hospitalized me.  He asked about meds and such and had me call my brother to bring in my CPAP gear.  When he took it apart I literally puked in the waste basket in the room.  The air valve had a huge culture growing on it of 4 different colors.  I never knew the mask could break down that far so I never cleaned it far enough.  They took blood samples and came back with a myriad of infections I was brewing inside me.  The doctor said it was good of me to come when I did as I probably would have been immobilized in one day and dead in 2 days.  Now I have my breathing back under control but my legs from mid-thigh down are still numb and I have a slight tremor in my hands, and a cough that would make a whooping crane proud.  I also seem to be puking dry heaves in the garbage quite a bit but the doctor says that's OK as long as it's just mucus that keeps coming out of my lungs and no more blood.

 

So needless to say it's going to be a bit longer before I can rejoin the fight.  But  I am watching.

 

Take care guys, see you soon.

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Sorry to hear that Ogg. I hope and pray for a quick recovery. I know about the issues with CPAP, my brother used one and was constantly cleaning it. We hope to have you back with us shortly.

Take care of yourself!

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Hope to see you soon man, that crap doesn't sound pleasant. Make sure to take it easy!

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I use a cpap also and have for 20 years, I did not go for the humidifier and I have no problems keeping it clean, add the humidifier and you will have to stay on top of the cleaning. Good luck

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