February 6, 2002

Woke up this morning at 6:30 AM and repeated the same routine as yesterday.  I saw Bighead again at 7:00 AM.  This morning he told me that he had counted the incidents of sleep apnea from the night before.  Supposedly I stopped breathing a minimum of 20 times and a maximum of 40 times during the dream stage of sleep.  Bighead will be making the arrangements for me to get a CPAP machine.  I guess it doesn’t hurt to give said machine a try.  With our very efficient medical system, it will take at least two months before one becomes available for me.  However, Bighead did tell me that I had other more pressing problems.  He mentioned that he thought I had an endocrine problem and maybe an adrenal problem and that he would be writing Squirt to tell him.  Bighead then told me that he was very concerned that I might be low on potassium.  He gave me a requisition to take to a lab as soon as I got back home.   I asked him if he would release the sleep clinic records to me if I found my own doctor.  His reply was, “Mrs.—-, it is not that easy to find another doctor.”  I told him that I had already found two; one out west and one in the US.  Both were willingly to see me.  He was silent for a moment and then replied, “By all means; just contact my office and your records will be sent to you.”  I thanked him and left.   It was just before 8:00 AM when I got back to the hotel.  I decided to have a quick breakfast.  After breakfast I was so tired I decided to crawl under the covers and go to sleep for a while.  I slept until noon.  At 1:00 PM I checked out of the hotel and went to the airport to wait for my 5:30 PM flight home.  I finished reading “Every Breath You Take” about ten minutes before I boarded the flight to go home.

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