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Life is Fragile

Published May 19, 2015 - 2 Comments

this-is-how-fragileAnother stark reminder of how fragile life truly is, and how things can change in a single moment.  I remarked this morning that my work partner was not in yet, which is unusual because he is very punctual… only to receive a message from him that he had been in a horrible car accident last night.  The driver of the car was killed and the remaining three passengers were sent to hospital with minor injuries and released.  He would not be in for a week.  He actually apologized to me for the inconvenience.

I was stunned.  For the last week he had been excited about going to Montreal with his wife and another couple.  They are Chinese nationals, and none had ever been there before.  He loved the idea of being able to get into a car and go for a long drive to somewhere new.  He even sent me some pictures on the weekend of his travels.  They were having a great time.  It would be a quick trip up and back.  At some point the drive home turned tragic.  Did he fall asleep?  Was he distracted?  Was there an animal on the road?  I have no idea.  Any of those scenarios are plausible.  Whatever the cause, a life was lost, and three others changed forever.

The news has been weighing heavily on me all day.  I can’t imagine what must be going through their minds.  So far away from home, in a culture so different from their own.  I would be shocked if the thought of returning to China to be close to parents, friends and familiarity hasn’t crossed their minds.  I know that would be a priority of mine.

The human spirit is resilient though.  We’ll see.

Sussex Sleep Clinic – Improving Your Life One Night at a Time

Published May 12, 2015 - 1 Comment
Smothered in Puppy Love

No wonder I can’t breathe! Smothered in puppy love!

Sometimes it just takes a couple of tries before something finally clicks.  That’s been my experience with the Adventures in CPAP series.  Twice I’d brought the CPAP home but just couldn’t get used to it.  Would a third time finally be my charm?  Indeed it is!  I’ve been doing so well with it that I finally bought the unit!

So what was different this time?  Was it the newer CPAP?  Maybe.  Was it the difference between the full face mask I had tried previously, and the smaller nasal cushioned pads that I am using now?  No doubt that’s part of it.  They’re certainly more comfortable than the face mask – at least for me.  But it was something much more important that made this time stand out from the previous attempts… the exceptional people at Sussex Sleep Clinic.

My previous attempts were with another company, and although the staff was friendly, I felt very much that I was being sold to.  It felt no different than walking into a store to buy a pair of sneakers.  A very expensive pair of sneakers.   But at Sussex Sleep Clinic Angie (and her assistant Donna) take a very different approach.  They’re there to help.

Sleep apnea isn’t something to be taken lightly.  The strain on your body, particularly your heart, is well documented.  It’s a medical issue, and my entire experience with Sussex Sleep Clinic has revolved around what’s best for me to help me get better.  At no point have I felt like I was being sold to.  I feel that I’m working with a health professional to help improve my sleep.  She continues to monitor my progress and provide feedback based on the data that I am able to upload from the CPAP.  It’s very much a two-way relationship.  And because of that, I happily purchase Angie’s recommendations.

Angie Cummings

Angie Cummings, RRT

It’s been a long road, but I feel so much better now that I have committed to using the CPAP.  People ask me if I notice a difference. Initially I couldn’t  answer that properly. But then my puppies ate part of the hose attachment and I went a week without using it.  THAT I noticed!  I slept through my alarm, I struggled to stay alert at work, I constantly felt rundown.  So is it working?  Absolutely.  Would I consider going anywhere else for my CPAP needs?  Never.  Sussex Sleep Clinic truly is improving my life one night at a time.

The Apple Watch or “Apple Has Finally Created a Product that I Have no Real Interest In”

Published May 4, 2015 - 4 Comments

Screen-Shot-2014-09-09-at-3.13.40-PMI wrote “Apple finally created something that I have no interest in” to a friend of mine recently.  He immediately replied with “What?  A treadmill?”  Well played.  Well played indeed.

Apple’s latest creation confuses me.  On one hand I think that it’s gorgeous.  On the other hand, I can’t get over the fact that it’s just a watch.  The sport model starts at $449 and that’s not even the nice looking one.  That’s a lot for something that sits on your wrist and doesn’t do anything drastically different from the phone that it is required to be paired with.

Last night I sat through an unboxing video from DetroitBORG and it’s true… the Apple Watch is beautiful.  But as I watched him go through the functionality there wasn’t anything that made me think I wanted to plunk down that kind of money.  I can’t even tell you when the last time I even wore a watch was.  I feel like Apple is trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.  It worked for the iPad.  I’m not feeling it this time.