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Published on 06/19/2009, by in Doctor Visits, Health.

I’ve had a migraine headache from hell the last two days, with the worst of it hitting me late last night/early this morning.  I swear I’ve felt like I was kicked in the face by a horse or something.  The pain has been so intense I’ve hardly been able to function, let alone tolerate the rude people at the Neurologists office this morning.

My girlfriend has noticed on several occasions that I have stopped breathing while sleeping, which scared the hell out of both of us.  The first time she noticed was a few years ago, but it was not checked at the time.

During the last six months, the topic has come up several times during discussion with my doctors, and last week the cardiologist finally decided that he wanted me to see a specialist and be tested for Sleep Apnea, which is basically a condition that causes you to stop breathing while you sleep.  This is a potentially fatal condition, and could well be contributing to my heart problems.  So it’s something that really has to be addressed.

So I went to see the specialist for the first time this morning, and I really wasn’t impressed with her at all.  Her whole attitude and that way she spoke really put me off.  I don’t deal with rude or condescending doctors or nurses very well anyway, but given that I was battle a migraine and had not slept well, I really wasn’t in the mood to deal with them this morning.

Now I realize that my weight is a contributing factor in all of the health problems that I am battling now, and I’m taking action to lose some of it.  Hell, I’ve lost 30+ pounds in the last 6 months.  But for the doctor to just flat out look at me and say that I should have bariatric surgery to help me lose weight, with out any regard to the fact that I have Congestive Heart Failure and a laundry list of other health problems, and might die on the operating table, is just out of line in my opinion.  And given that it’s my life we are dealing with, my opinion DOES matter!

Anyway, I go for my sleep study on July 10th, and once they confirm the sleep apnea, I will be treated and will have to sleep with a CPAP machine.   Basically, I’ll be wearing a mask of some sort, that will provide continuous positive airway pressure to keep me breathing while I’m sleeping.  I’m so not looking forward to that, but if it will help, I’m willing to give it a shot.

Now if I could only get this headache to go away.  Good night.

 
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Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” – Unknown

 
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I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured” – Dean Acheson