Striving to Improve My Health in Katy Update #1

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Striving to Improve My Health in Katy Update #1

Active Rain (AR)  Rainmaker Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh issued a challenge to the AR members to set a health goal and blog about what the goal is, a month later tell everyone how you are doing and a final blog after two months as to how you did during this time to meet your goal. I have set a goal to effectively use my CPAP machine every night  as I suffer from severe Sleep Apnea. At one stretch of the sleep study conducted so the sleep Doctors knew how severe the issue are, the sleep expert told me I stopped breathing for 80 seconds and this I do not mind saying this scared me. Obviously I have to use this machine just to stay alive.

This blog is my first update which as discussed above is part of this challenge. My first blog of this three part series can be found here. I told everyone in this first post that I had developed a staph infection on face and in both of my eyes from using the CPAP  machine. The staph infection,  after visits to both my regular Doctor and my eye Doctor, and taking several medications, spending some serious bucks and using eye drops finally went away. I still have two scars on my nose from the staph infection.

Unfortunately I am still battling with my eyes. I had to go back to my eye Doctor as the issues with both eyes never went totally away. I will have to put eye drops in both eyes for the next 4 weeks or longer. Obviously this is a set back but I have to very careful with this eye issue even though the infection has been eliminated as I still have some significant irritation in both eyes. The eye Doctor cautioned me to take this issue very seriously. The only new item that has been the introduced into my routine is the use of the CPAP machine which is necessary for me to use so I can get the REM sleep I really need.

My CPAP mask and hose

My main initial health goal of this challenge was to successfully use the CPAP machine every night. The update on using machine is that virtually every night since I wrote my first blog has found me to be using the machine for a significant number of hours during sleep. I do not battle with trying to stay awake during the day like I did prior to using the CPAP. I have some additional energy but I need to start a regular exercise program. I have held off doing too much as I am trying to concentrate on permanently correcting my eye issues. Last week my wife and I slipped out of town to the Hyatt Resort in Bastrop. We did do a lot of hiking on the golf course during our stay and that was very good exercise especially for me. My goal during this next part of this challenge is still successfully use the CPAP, get rid of this eye issue and to start an exercise program. At time it is really difficult to use the CPAP while my eye issue is bothering me as the machine does release air which sometimes hits me in my eyes.

Thank you to all the kind folks who wished me luck in their comments on my first post. Using a CPAP machine is much more difficult than I ever imagined.

Striving to Improve My Health in Katy Update #1

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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


     Good luck to you! I know it has been tough but the alternative not so good!I hope you are having a good Sunday!

Feb 24, 2013 05:23 AM #1
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

thank you Yolanda.. Today so far is going very well. I hope you are having a good day.

Feb 24, 2013 05:31 AM #2
Berni Kerr
Dominion Lending Centre - Mortgage Professionals Inc. - Port Dover, ON
AMP Mortgage Agent - Port Dover ON

Robert,  Good luck with the CPAC machine.  I have a couple of close friends who had to and still use the device and have had remarkable success.  Yes it is noted as being invasion or cumbersome...but so is life!  Perhaps you could try some padding or a facecloth on the face if there is tighness or irration on the skin.  The elastic bands on the mask can be tight and restrictive, so this may help.  I'm confident you will have great results. :)

Feb 24, 2013 06:37 AM #3
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales

Best wishes for meeting your goals Bob.  Any chance the mask or tubing is the cause of the infections?

Feb 24, 2013 09:16 PM #4
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Best of luck with that machine, Bob. I also wonder if the mask is causing past of the problem.

Feb 24, 2013 10:59 PM #5
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good evening Bob.

Best wishes for  good health.

Quality of life is very important.

Feb 25, 2013 07:50 AM #6
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Good for you sticking with it so far.  Glad you have more energy during the day.

Feb 25, 2013 09:18 AM #7
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Interesting article Robert Gilbert. Hope you have good health in the future. Keep up the good work! Katy TX sounds appealing.

Feb 28, 2013 04:00 AM #8
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening Bob

Bob my friend, sure hope that things are still going well for you on the health front plus everything else as will!

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

May 01, 2013 09:39 AM #9
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Howdy there Bob my friend, both the mighty fine members of this here site and non-member folks of it sure can always visit your blog and enjoy finding and reading all kinds of mighty helpful info, which sure is for folks of all ages, which sure will help them in some way or another. This here sure is some outstanding info for folks and they sure will appreciate you for posting this. Folks if you are needing help with Real Estate, then do take the time to talk with Bob and you’ll sure learn he is the one an only to work along side.

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