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The MonT-SteR has been on a bit of a hiatus lately for a couple of reasons:

  1. We had to make yet another trip to the ER this past Friday, because Christi was experiencing troubling symptoms again. Thankfully, all is well. As a bonus for our trouble, we got to see an ultrasound of the baby, who was REALLY cute! I’m hoping this was the last of these little excursions…
  2. Your One and Only Favorite, Friendly Neighborhood MonT-SteR™ was recently diagnosed with mild sleep apnea.

Allow me to elaborate on that second item. For the last several months, I have had ZERO energy. More recently, my brain has been in an uncomfortable fog for a good portion of each day. I made a trip to the doctor complaining of fatigue and what I call “fuzzyhead,” and they sent me to a sleep disorder specialist to have a sleep study performed.

To make a long story short, I have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). When I sleep, the soft tissue in the back of my throat collapses, closing off my air passage, which in turn causes me to stop breathing. In order to make sure my body is getting enough oxygen, my brain has to wake me up during the night to force me to breathe. My sleep study showed that my brain was having to interrupt my sleep about once every four minutes to keep me breathing. No wonder I’ve been so tired!

In essence, OSA forces my body to operate at a higher metabolic rate during the night to get enough oxygen to my vital organs. For me, the unhappy side effect of this phenomenon has been an increase in blood pressure, combined with general fatigue due to poor sleep quality. So I have had little energy or enthusiasm for blogging — it’s been all I can do to attend to family and a few church matters after dragging myself home from work in the evening.

Thankfully, I received a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine last week (you can see me at right with my mask on, bearing an uncomfortable resemblance to Darth Vader) to treat my apnea. In essence, this machine forces a continuous stream of air through my nose into my air passage to keep it from collapsing while I’m asleep. It’s taken some getting used to, but it’s working. I can tell that my sleep quality has improved, and I’m far more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed during the day. My brain doesn’t feel like it’s in a fog anymore, and my wife LOVES the fact that she doesn’t have to listen to me snore when I’m wearing it.

Anyway, friends, I share all this to explain and apologize for the silence around here in recent weeks and months, and to state that things ought to be picking up on tMR in the near future. I find that my energy level in the evening is increasing, and it’s a gratifying feeling.

Look out, blogosphere. The MonT-SteR is back, and he’s mad…. Well, I’m not really mad. I was just trying to be cool, actually funny — not cool — and, er, um… oh, never mind.


aka The MonT-SteR