Category: "Healthcare"

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11/30/10

  07:55:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 579 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Travel, TV, Healthcare, Scanner

Back from #chicagotardis 2010

So, I have put my Epson Perfection V30 scanner away for another year. That's the scanner I bought in a CyberMonday sale immediately upon my return from Chicago TARDIS 2009. So, I guess that means only one thing....I've just come back from Chicago TARDIS 2010, and finished going through all my digital photographs and posted some to my online album and scanned the professional photographs and autographed material.

This time around, I found Chicago TARDIS to be much more enjoyable....despite the hobbling around with the broken toe, and the wooden shoe being kind of slippery on the tile flooring. I only almost slipped twice....once in the lobby and another time in Holy Mackerel.

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10/24/10

  10:45:03 pm, by The Dreamer   , 99 words  
Categories: General, Stuff, Healthcare

Eyeglass Prescription Oct 14, 2010

Link: http://lawrencechen.net/2009/08/05/interesting-progression-in-eyeglass-pres

On October 14, 2010, I had my latest eye exam...

Updating the progression of prescriptions:

2003: OD -5.00 -1.00 075       OS -8.00
2005: OD -4.25 -1.00 080       OS -7.00 -0.75 045
2006: OD -4.50 -1.00 055       OS -6.50 -1.00 035
2008: OD -5.25 -1.00 060       OS -7.25 -1.00 025
2009: OD -5.00 -0.50 050       OS -7.00 -1.25 030
2010: OD -5.50 -0.75 050 +1.25 OS -7.00 -1.00 040 +1.25

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10/22/10

  10:33:18 am, by The Dreamer   , 339 words  
Categories: Software, Healthcare

Sleep Diary Spreadsheet

With an impending PSG/MSLT (December 2nd, 2010), and a particularly disrupted night's sleep recently...I got to thinking that I would start my sleep diary now. Rather than wait until the requested 2 weeks before the PSG/MSLT.

Of course, the sleep lab provided a sleep diary on a printed sheet to fill out. Which means either I fill it from memory now and then, or carry it wherever I go. If only there were some way to, say, use a computer.... :hmm:

I did a quick google search, and all I could find were PDF files. Surely somebody else has thought of this? :?:

So, looking at the provided sleep diary sheet from the sleep lab, I sat down and created a sleep diary spreadsheet using OpenOffice....using my laptop (Ubuntu 10.04LTS) [which when at home is on futon in front of TV, but I'll be at Chicago TARDIS the weekend before the PSG/MSLT]

:!: SleepDiary.ods :!: BlankSleepDiary.ods :!:

I opted to leave it in the default format, so that I won't have to deal with OpenOffice asking if I'm sure that I want to not use OpenDocument format.

I then saved the file into my Dropbox folder and created a link from my desktop to it. I can now update my sleep diary wherever I might be.

Such as living room computer (Windows XP Professional - OpenOffice), or computer next to bedroom (Ubuntu 10.04LTS 64-bit Server), or computer at work (Windows 7 Professional - LibreOffice).

Liking the result so much, I've decided that I should share it. &#59;D

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09/09/10

  11:30:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 294 words  
Categories: Healthcare

I have seasonal allergies

I've known that ever since I moved to the US/midwest. Though I don't know if I would see myself moving back to Canada/southern Alberta in the near future....

But, I have always been curious as to just what I'm allergic to. Though I've never had an allergy test, the doc just prescribed some stuff...Zyrtec and Rhinocort. And, that made things tolerable.

Though Rhinocort was expensive, tier 3...high copay. So, I wasn't refilling it as often as I should. And, I was getting my Zyrtec from Canada....since it was available OTC & generic (Cetirizine) long before it was the case in the US.

Healthcare costs might be a compelling reason to move back some day. :hmm:

Then I was out of work, and then new job has different insurance (and co-insurance instead of co-pay)....plus allergies seemed different here than there. But, I stayed with Zyrtec...but hadn't pursued getting a new prescription. Plus Zyrtec is now available OTC and generic...and isn't covered by insurance anymore. Insurance won't pay for other allergy choices either....consider it a lifestyle medication.

I did Flonase for a while here there...and the newer brand version from the same company (forget the name, just recall that it was tier 3...so high co-insurance)...though more because of my breathing/OSA issues.

Anyways....now I'm seeing a specialist for sleep stuff....and he had me do an allergy test. Was surprised that it was just a blood test.

Later I got a phone call, saying yes I'm allergic to a bunch of seasonal things....take Zyrtec and Singulair.

Though I didn't get a summary letter, since I was curious as just what exactly.... So, toady I asked for a copy of the results.

For "Allergens, Zone 11": I'm allergic to Kentucky Bluegrass, Johnson Grass, Alternaria tenuis, White Oak, and Wormwood/Sagebrush.

Yay? |-|

09/01/10

  10:25:38 am, by The Dreamer   , 616 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Safety & Security, Healthcare

Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro Spare Filter

Link: http://www.amazon.com/o/asin/B000K3GK4M/00--20/

Soon after owning the Surround Air XJ-3800, I found I didn't like it and had plans to eventually replace it with something else.

That's because it uses a metal grid that require periodic cleaning, and that cleaning requires significant dis-assembly, cleaning, thorough drying and a difficult reassembly process. It is the difficulty in reassembly that reminds me each time that I hate it. >:-(

Well, as I blogged here, "I bought another air cleaner", I did. &#59;D

But, it was still a working air purifier...so I couldn't just toss it (plus there are others sitting around not yet tossed out). So, I moved it to another spot where I someday would like to have an air purifier...but can't yet afford the specific want that I want for that location. Figured I'd at least use it until such time that it needed a consumable replaced.... plus the location is by the entrance. :P

Well, last month it finally started flashing replace filter. So, it seemed that the end was near for it. Some time later it started flashing the clean metal grid. Seems that the end should be even sooner now.

Though I did recently pick up a few cans of Oreck AirCell cleaner, which is what I use to help clean the metal grid of the Surround Air XJ-3800. And, I think I would miss having an air purifier at this location now...but it is still far off in the future that I would actually get the desired air purifier....especially since new air purifier is >10x more expensive that a new filter for the XJ-3800.

And, I was on amazon.com recently looking to buy a bunch of things...to shoot for what will hopefully be the last time I need to get a shot on Wednesday before work (have an appointment next week, that might decide that there'll be another 3 months or something)... and I felt that there was one more item that I toss into my cart for Prime Delivery. Actually, after I had placed the order, I remembered that there was something else that I had been thinking of getting....and while getting that, I threw in the filter.

That one extra item was a CFL Bug Light. Starting to get dark again...and been wanting to get a bug light for some time, though I'm sure it'll be many years before the CFL that I currently have outside burns out. OTOH, it was part of the first order to replace the CFL in the kitchen. Of course, that CFL has been in service longer than the 4+ years that I've been living here. It was among the ones that I had brought with me from Dublin, OH. Occurs to me that I should've gotten more...there's one bedroom that I still haven't switched from incandescent to CFL. And, the one in my bedroom is starting to show its age. All my inside CFLs are full spectrum.

Anyways...this part of the Amazon.com/Prime shipment arrived one day early....so this morning before going to the doctor's office...I took the Surround Air XJ-3800 apart for cleaning and the replacement of its filter. Now back...I struggled for a while to get the silly grid to go back on to its frame, and then went to install new filter.

It wasn't coming out of the plastic easily for some reason...then I noticed that there's a chunk missing from the gasket and the bag is stuck to the spot of exposed adhesive....hopefully it'll still be sufficient. But, after this...it'll probably be the definite end for this air purifier (whether I have a new one lined up by then or not...) )-o

Wonder how to tell if the UV bulb in it is still working and effective? :?:

08/05/10

  08:55:15 am, by The Dreamer   , 77 words  
Categories: General, Healthcare

Pepsi Refresh Update for Narcolepsy Research

Link: http://www.narcolepsynetwork.org/2010/08/pepsi-refresh-update/

If doing the same thing over and over again doesn't get you a different result, its time to try something different.

Stanford’s Center for Narcolepsy plans to submit a new grant application for narcolepsy research in the $50,000 category. In order to do so, the current proposal must finish in August with a rank of 103 or below so that it does not roll over to September. Therefore, please do not vote for the Narcolepsy ImmunoChip Project during August.

06/08/10

  02:33:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 745 words  
Categories: Travel, Home, Appliances, Healthcare

I bought another air cleaner

This time I got a Winix 9000. This is the air cleaner that I had originally intended to get years ago, but in reading reviews...found a comparable model (for same price) under the Kenmore brand at Sears, and Sears was having a sale at that particular moment....so went with that one. And, later another one.

But, now it was nearly time to get another one. This'll be like the 3rd or 4th one that I'll have had in my living room since I moved here. Don't recall if there was a 1st one....but if I had, it was noisy...so it probably didn't stay long or get much use. But this would be the 3rd new one in the not quite 4 years that I've lived here. The first new one was quite expensive, and didn't seem to do much at all....except constantly tell me that it needed cleaning, but cleaning it showed no signs that it had done anything. The next one seemed to do better, but it was difficult to clean and had to be completely dry before it could be used again. The Kenmore units (and the Winix) are much easier to wash periodically and don't need to be completely dry to be put back into service. So, I kind of decided that when it came time to replace the filter in it...it would probably get replaced completely.

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02/28/10

  04:57:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 490 words  
Categories: Software, Wireless/iPhone, Healthcare

Sleep Cycle on my iPhone

Last weekend, while checking my usual daily websites....I came across mention of a gadget on gdgt called WakeMate. I have been toying with the idea of getting one of these gadgets for years, decades? Definitely well before I learned of my sleep disorders and started the therapy for them.

Now I still have other problems and eventually hope to start some kind of treatment for those. Soon I'll be done with the joys of taking iron pills for the 'anemia'.

So, while googling around trying to learn about WakeMate, I came across a review of Sleep Cycle. An iPhone app that also works by monitoring your sleep and trying figure out the optimal point in a window before your planned wake time to wake you.

Give that it was only 99cents, I decided I didn't have anything to lose by trying it. Though it was kind of inconvenient that it was Sunday when I found it. But, I decided to start using it right away....seemed safe enough to try.

Here's the sleep graph for my first night:

SleepGraphFeb22

The window the app does is 30 minutes, and this first night it woke me 30 minutes before my normal alarm. And, I certainly wasn't feeling it, so I ignored it and went back to sleep....ended up sleeping through to my normal 3rd alarm.

The 3 alarm sequence is radio alarm, which is followed with a beeper alarm, which is then followed by a light coming on....a 55W CFL 5000K lamp.

I continued to use the app...and by the 5th night (Friday morning) I woke a few minutes before my alarm, found a sleep graph of this:

SleepGraphFeb26

and was able to get out of bed. Had to hang around the bedroom to shush the alarm....but managed to get my morning things done and out the door at a good time.

I continued to run it over the weekend....

Friday Night/Saturday Morning:

SleepGraphFeb27

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning:

SleepGraphFeb28

Woke up good on Saturday and managed to do all the errands I wanted to get done....first going to Aggieville and then later going the other way to Westloop.

Sunday morning was also good, but then the lazy kicked in and I ended up not going out to do the other errands in the Westloop area. So, thinking I might hit Campus Food or something again. &#59;D

I wonder if I should ask about getting another Sleep Study and see what kind of sleep structure I'm having now. There's a Zeo product that get into sleep structure....though the forehead attachment for its sensors is a problem, since my CPAP mask covers my forehead. But, the Sleep Cycle app does show that it does take me a while to fall asleep now and the waking during the night...which sometimes takes forever to get back to sleep again. Could be much worse looking if I weren't taking a sleep aid....

Hopefully doing something about the next thing wrong with me will finally do it.

01/18/10

  11:02:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 267 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, VoIP, Healthcare, Scanner

I got another scanner -- Fujitsu ScanSnap S300

In a somewhat planned and somewhat impulse move, I have acquired another scanner. A Fujitsu ScanSnap S300. Noting that I've mentioned that I already own a ScanSnap S300M, it may seem odd...though its more of an annoyance. That I need to buy the same scanner again to use it on Windows.

But, it's a new year and I'm starting to accumulate receipts of stuff I'm going to want to submit for FSA reimbursement.... Had found out last year that I can submit receipts and stuff by scanning and emailing, instead of fax. Since I no longer have a working fax machine, and I'm not sure my VoIP will handle fax. Bringing home my work MacBookPro to do scanning was kind of a hassle, but the FSA money didn't last very long.

This year I've put a bit more into FSA, so there'll probably be more scanning to get the reimbursements. So, I needed to see about having a scanner on my main computer. And, the more I thought of it...the more another scanner like the ScanSnap S300M made the most sense to me.

So, I started watching a few different online sites to see which one had the best deal on the S300. When in an unrelated activity, I found that the price had dropped on Amazon.com....since the other sites hadn't dropped to match, and then noticing that it would possible to get it at home today by Amazon Prime. I went and purchased it.

Now I have to go reboot the computer to complete the installation of the software, before I can test that it works....

01/09/10

  02:36:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 704 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

It was really, really dry in my condo, and then it wasn't....

Link: http://www.amazon.com/o/asin/B001XW1ZMQ/4--20/

I knew it was getting dry in my condo, but apparently I didn't know how dry....since the hydrometers that I own can only go down to 20%. They'll display values less than 20%, but apparently meaningless.

Then I got a geekmail from geeks.com for an Oregon Scientific Multi-Room Climate Monitor (RMR500A) for like 50% off...and it seemed interesting, because it could report humidity at the remote locations (outdoors and the other indoor location). SO, I pulled the trigger and got it. Along with a few extras.

When I finally got around to setting it up and having it report conditions....I was surprised how low it was reporting the humidity in my living room. The main unit is in the living room, the outdoor sensor is current attached to my patio door (though will probably move it when it gets nicer to somewhere not in direct sunlight...I set up during the blizzard that was pounding me)...and the indoor remote sensor is attached to my bed.

Well, it gave the humidity in the bedroom around 20%, which seems to match the reading of the hydrometer in that location as well as the one outside the bedroom. I suspect the bathroom puts humidity into the air at that end....plus I've commented on how using the bathroom causes the air purifier in the bedroom to kick up due to its automatic odor sensor function. (opposite sides of my condo)

Well, the living room humidity was around 8%....and it was dropping. I dug out the personal humidifier that I had gotten from Thinkgeek a while back, emptied a water bottled and refilled it with distilled water and try to introduce some moisture into the room.

And, then started researching what new humidifier I would try this year....on Amazon.com. I knew I had a dentist appointment on January 5th, so I was going to shoot to have Amazon Prime send me the humidifier (and whatever else I felt like, and could afford, that was in my cart already).

I had pulled the trigger on the order on New Year's Eve.....later on Jan 2nd, the humidity was reading 2% :!:

But, that didn't last....

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