Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's Days like this....

...that I LOVE!! A balmy 32 degree morning after an evening of a beautiful ice covering. I wish my focusing skills were better, my footing was unsteady as I was taking these... I was sinking in the foot of snow on the ground.  This is my lilac bush (more like a tree). 



I have an update on my sleep study.  Thanks for asking.  I do indeed have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  In 300 minutes of study, I awoke 21 times. I had 41 REM episodes that brought my oxygen level down to 85% or below.  I had an average of 15 episodes per hour on my side and 26 on my back. They have put me in the moderate to severe range (because of my REM/oxygen levels).  I go in for another overnight study the beginning of January with a CPAP machine.

So all in all, I'm thrilled that I now have answers and will be able to get help.  I can't imagine what it will feel like to have energy once again!  I used to be one that would get up early...wait for others to wake... do chores, watch kids, get my work done and cook a lot!  I've been a blob for the past few years... just getting by... only taking care of things with priority. 

Sorry I don't have any stamping inspiration for you today, I've taken a few days to do Christmas preparations.  I have finished up my shopping with just a few more to wrap.  I picked up some fruits and nuts for a festive Waffle bar as our Christmas breakfast.... perhaps with Mimosas.  :o)

Just in case I don't post in the next few days, I'm Wishing you all a very fabulous and Merry Christmas!

Hugs and Puckers!

17 comments :

Virginia L. said...

Glad that the sleepstudy is helpful to get you sort out the source of the problems. Hopefully in the New Year, you get all the energy back! Thank you for the amazing inspiration in the stamping comminuty! Merry Christmas to you and family!

Sarah said...

Beautiful pics, Shari! Glad you've got some answers! So happy for you! :) Merry Christmas!

CinnamonSally said...

Stunning photographs Shari, hopefully all your problems will be sorted soon. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Sallyx

Eveline said...

A Merry Christmas to you and your family too.
The picture is beautiful.
They say we are going to have a white Christmas over here, second one in a row. The one before last year's was 30 years ago!
Eveline.

Lin said...

Beautiful pictures, Shari! Glad to hear that your questions are slowly being answered. Merry Christmas to you and family!

Babsarella said...

Love the wonderful photos and the cool bokeh effect on the second one! Glad to hear you are getting some answers on your sleep too! Have a wonderful holiday!!

kath said...

great to hear that you will be getting help with your sleep problem...love today's frosty pics...wishing you a very happy and peaceful Christmas...hugs kath xxx

Brenda said...

Love your photos Shari! So pristine! It's great to find answers to problems, now at least you hae something to work with to get a solution! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Barbara said...

Love the pictures! Merry Christmas to you as well !

Barb said...

Hi Shari! So nice to hear that you've gotten some answers! Help is around the corner, I hope! Love your beautiful photos! Wishing you a very merry Christmas! Enjoy! :)

Anne said...

So glad to hear you have some answers from your sleep study and thaty you now know what is really happening. Love your stunning photo's of the lilac bush (todays warmer weather was such a nice surprise).

Happy Holidays to you and yours and may your days be filled with good cheer!

LynneForsythe said...

Glad you have some answers!!! I know it changed Deb's life to get her machine....and I don't mind traveling with her...she doesn't snore anymore!!

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU MY "SPECIAL" FRIEND!! big hugz your way!!

Tiffany said...

Love the photos and so glad to hear the sleep study will help resolve some of your issues....sleep deprivation is so hard for many people! I wish you a joyous holiday season and the best for 2o11!

donna mikasa said...

Merry Christmas, Shari! So happy that you confirmed the apnea, and can be on your way to getting the sleep that you deserve. Thank you for sharing such gorgeous shots--but what is a "balmy" 32 degrees? Happy Holidays!

Shari Carroll said...

Haha Donna, well when the temp climbs up from beyond sub-zero, we feel it's short sleeve shirt wearing "balmy" weather. :o)

JulieHRR said...

Oh, my friend! So glad you have some answers at last! I know what it's like to not get sleep (I suffer from clinical depression due to lack of serotinin). Here's to finally getting the proper zzz zzz's and back to your normal self! *mondo squishy hugs*

Alice Wertz said...

so glad to hear that they found out what is the reason that you couldn't get enough sleep/sleep well. hope they can help you get the sleep you deserved back. thanks for the pretty photos, too!