The Update Blog

All Nighter At The Sleep Lab: After waking with a severe headache and numbness in my upper lip, I decided to visit the The Tri-State Neurological & Sleep Disorder Center. Bloodwork was done the day of my initial appointment, and an EEG was performed the following day. Prior to my MRI and my evening at the Sleep Lab, Tri-State Respiratory phoned to say I was approved for a C-PAP machine. Now that all of the tests are complete, I have the results. I’m completely normal. I couldn’t believe it either. No C-PAP, and no apnea diagnosis. I cited my exhaustion, and my husband’s complaints of my snoring and moments of not breathing. Dr. Nayer said it falls within the normal range to stop breathing for as long as 10 seconds ten times an hour. He also said that at no time was my oxygen saturation below 91%. (Ninety percent and above are healthy levels.)
Dr. Nayer gave me three options: 1) remove my uvula with a laser to stop my snoring; 2) take the sleep lab test again; and/or 3) be prescribed “peppy” pills for more daytime energy. He forgot about option number 4: do nothing. As he stretched back in his office chair, he said,
“I cannot recommend you try an over the counter, herbal remedy called SnoreStop.” My bottle of SnoreStop arrived yesterday, and last night hubby and I enjoyed a peaceful night’s sleep.
Refrigerator Art: After so many positive comments on the girls’ art, I submitted two of Natalie’s drawings to Greeting Card Universe. They were approved! Here are Dancers and Love at First Sight in original and negative image.

Greeting Card Universe prints 7″ x 5″ high-quality cards. The good thing is I don’t have to invest in inventory. Plus the girls get 56 cents of every sale.
While we’re on the subject of updating, I thought it would be fun to post some of my earlier blogs with updated details. Would you be interested in hearing what happened after the carpenter failed to complete our entertainment center project, or what unfolded after Tom gave “Jesus” and his cross a ride to Laughlin, Nevada?

β€’ Why do you think I was approved for a C-PAP only to be denied later?
β€’ Do you have any blogs that need a follow-up story?


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23 responses to “The Update Blog

  1. I glad all is normal Jean. Maybe you were denied because the insurance found out your results. I go through medical records everyday at work for our attorneys and find a great deal of missing medical link in copies of medical records submitted with insurance claims.

    Congrats to you and the girls for Natalie’s wonderful art cards at Greeting Card Universe. Those girls are quite the entrepreneurs! πŸ™‚

    Hey, Now I remember when and how I met you. That blog about the carpenter that abandoned your entertainment center project was the first blog I ever read of yours! I laughed my ass off and here we are over a year later… still laughing at your great and hysterical blogs!

    You ROCK Jean Has Been Shopping πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Sherri. I’ll bet you are right about why the cpap was denied. I just wish they hadn’t phoned and got Tom’s hopes up. He was wanting to take a few hits of oxygen. LOL!

      The girls think there is nothing they can’t do. So cute. Pearl wants to design jewelry when she grows up, she says.

      Oh, that is so funny that the carpenter blog was the first you read! I’ll be sure to post an update soon!

      Thanks Sherri!

  2. Wow. glad to hear of your diagnosis. and as interesting it was to hear about what is considered normal for stopping to breathe. I didn’t know that.

    Great news about the girls drawings. those are cute.:-)

    I think both stories qualify for what we want to hear.
    Looking forward to more.

  3. I am also very happy all is well. I think if you just keep a look out for any “new” chances, I hope it will stay settled. CONGRATS to your young artists! Love the energy! πŸ™‚

  4. Joy

    I’m happy the “snore stop” seemed to work. Hey, if that’s all it takes to make everyone happy, that’s good right??? I sleep with oxygen but wish I didn’t have to but I feel better rested when I do.

    I love your girls’s artwork. I hope you’re saving a lot of it for them in a scrapbook. It’s just darling.

  5. Sunny Wishes She Were Shopping

    I love you. As long as you’re all right, then all is good. πŸ™‚

  6. Jean glad to know that you are well..there is nothing like not getting a good night sleep…it really makes you feel rotten all day…I did not know about the not breathing at least 10 seconds 10 times an hour for most people that is something I will check out myself as there are times when my sleeping is interupted alot during the night. πŸ™‚

  7. That is so awesome about the drawings!
    I used to snore badly! When I quit drinking and smoking I quit snoring as well.

  8. Luisa – Thank you so much! β™₯ Two nights under my belt, and so far no complaints from Tom.

    Hi Joy – I hear that oxygen is good stuff. I will have to visit an Oxygen Bar in Vegas to feel the effects. πŸ™‚

    Sunny, I love you too!

    Terri – Please let me know what you find out about the “normal” amounts of not breathing during sleep. I was surprised by the doctor’s statement as well.

    Hi Just a Mom! I’ve cut back on my beer/wine consumption, and it seems to help.

    Thanks, everyone, for the compliments on the girls’ art/cards. β™₯

  9. Wow! That is weird. Glad the snorestop worked!

    I love the follow up blog idea. I think it’s great and interesting.

    Great news on the cards! I know that made the girls day! I hope they get lots of sales. πŸ™‚

  10. Tammy

    I’m glad for you and that you are normal. That’s a blessing! And what a cool doctor to slyly “not” recommend something to you! I think I’m going to buy the SnoreStop for my husband. Any day an herbal remedy works is a good day or in your case…a good night.

  11. Sandi

    Pshaw… clearly the docs a quack – calling you completely NORMAL???? Riiiiiiiiight……


    Glad you found a way to snooze… nothing more refreshing than a good night’s sleep!

  12. A sunshine award for you,Jean πŸ˜‰

    Have a special day!!!

  13. Hi Angelia – I thought it was weird too. I was joking with my sister that I’d probably get a call that I was approved for a motorized scooter. I think people get wind of these medical tests and jump on the band wagon.

    So it’s night 4 of the herbal remedy, and it’s working great!

    Thank you! Yes, the girls are over the moon about the cards. πŸ™‚

    Hi Tammy! LOL – yes, the doc slyly recommended where I could purchase it too. I’ll bet many of his patients are using it. I hope it works for your hubby

    Sandi – I know, seriously. Me? Normal? LOL!!

    2a24 – Thank you for the Sunshine Award! My day is more special now. πŸ™‚

  14. breathe taking art on the bottom of the post.
    I feel brightened by the humor, beauty, wit, and thoughtfulness in this post!

    gifted writer,
    cool blog!

  15. Jean, not sure if this helps, but I took a sleep study once. I don’t snore, but I don’t sleep much and have insomnia. My sleep study showed I had Sleep Hypopnea, which is different than Apnea. Even though my heart rate dips into the 40s and 50s (Bradycardia) and my REM sleep averages 9 minutes, and I stopped breathing 6 times in 6 hours, they said it was mild and didn’t recommend the machine either. Last night my husband woke me up because he was afraid since he couldn’t hear or see me breathing.

    All I know is that I’m glad you found something to give you and your man relief. My man snores and I could kill him, as I’m a light sleeper.

    • Girl From The Ghetto – Thank you for this information! I will look into it.
      The bill for the MRI/MRA arrived yesterday. Can you say OUCH? Insurance (I’m thankful I have some) only covered 1/2.
      Maybe your hubby would like the SnoreStop. πŸ˜€

  16. Era

    That SnoreStop sounds great. Is it an online purchase or drug store? I need some for Hubs.

    I love your daughters artwork. I even took a look at your previous refrigerator artwork post. Give her a message for me – keep up the good work!

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