It has been a long time since I took a few moments to update the notes on my physical health. A few years ago I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and put on a CPAP machine. The doctor thinks it’s because I am fat. That is probably true. The CPAP is meant to be a stopgap until I can get my weight problem under control. The CPAP has been a godsend to my quality of life.
There is a really disturbing trend developing in health care. I can sum it up thusly: the insurancecompanywill decide the fate of a patient’s treatment. One company in particular seems to know better than any medical professional that has ever taken a medical class: Aetna. You see, Aetna thinks that because the doctor didn’t do a sleep study on me and there is no “official” diagnosis, then he has no right to request that I obtain a prescriptionto fight the narcolepsyfor a month while they line up some time in the clinic.
<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/89665467@N00/3057326221">Fuschia Foot</a> via Flickr </dd> </dl> An old, old friend of mine runs the website Needcoffee.com. It’s a fun website, full of twists, turns and cunning wit. It also centers its existence around the thesis that humans do not need to sleep. Two weeks ago I was in New Orleans, LAon a trip for work. While we’re sitting at our chosen location pounding away on keyboards and debating serious elements of our system and the politics behind it, I found myself engaged in a conversation with one of my coworkers.
So just in case you are wondering if I’m conscious of the New Year… yes, I am. Believe it or not 🙂 I have just three resolutions this year and they’re quite personal. I’ll share them with you, intrepid reader, since you can keep a secret. Do better at maintaining my temper, blood pressureand sanity. Sleep better. Lose 80 pounds by last December 2009. Think I can do it?