So, I've graduated from University, and the state has cut me off the health care teat.

If anything happens to me now, I'm totally screwed.

It's unlikely I'll be able to get decent (much less affordable) health coverage during the time I'm temping, especially with my myriad pre-existing conditions (major depression, sleep apnea, anemia, heart trouble, obesity, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and high blood pressure).

Basic Health, the State of Washington's health care plan for low-income people, banned me from coverage for a year after I couldn't pay the premiums last fall. I don't know if I can get back on there or not. Even if I can, the waiting list may be 6 months or longer.

I have enough anti-depressants to last the month, but after that, I'll be back to no meds.

I really like the CPAP for my sleep apnea, and it really helps, but it turns out Medicaid was only RENTING it for me, so it's likely I'll have to return it. That means the very thing that is helping me become more stable and energetic and able to work will be yanked out from under me.

The USA: Where health care is a for-profit industry. If you can't afford it, too bad, fuck you and DIE.

I fucking hate the United States of America. I really, really do. I am so very, very disgusted with the monster this country has become.
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( Aug. 4th, 2008 12:14 pm)
Me wearing my new CPAP.


kevyn: (Default)
( Jul. 25th, 2008 09:53 am)
So I spent the night last night at the sleep centre on Cordata, titrating a CPAP for my apnea.

I liked the nose-only mask, but my nose kept clogging up, and I'd start mouth breathing. (Yes, I am, get it out of your system.)

So they switched me to full mask. It actually wasn't bad. I did sleep well.
Just got back from meeting with my sleep doctor, to go over the results of last week's sleep study (which I think I neglected to blog about).

Turns out, I stop breathing an average of about 70 times an hour when I am asleep, in all sleeping positions.

More than 30 times an hour is considered severe sleep apnea. I'm WAAAAAAAAY beyond severe -- the doc called it "super-severe," and insisted that I come in tomorrow night for an emergency sleep study with a CPAP.

70 times an hour? That's more than once a minute! ("Stop breathing" is defined as not breathing for more than 3 seconds).

No wonder I am always tired, depressed, moody, unstable, unable to focus, unable to complete tasks, overweight and suffering from heart problems! It seems that this may be one of the key factors in all of my health problems.

Here's hoping that the CPAP works.


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