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07:46 pm: Yawning
I'm yawning like crazy and I was in bed longer than I planned. I realized I could finish the book if I read an hour extra so I set the alarm for 1pm. When it went off, I was still tired because I kept waking up with wet patches on the bed where my ankles had been. So I slept until 2:45pm. And now I'm yawning again.

I got money, mailed a DVD, and got groceries. I've started washing the cat blankies.

A retired major general got an Army contract on the basis of three special traits: veteran, black, and disabled. The disability? Sleep apnea. When people found that out and started talking about it, he gave the ~$100 million back. All the people I know use CPAP machines and actually work better because they get sleep. I know there are people who don't, but how do you manage a big contract that way? He was nominated by Obama to be the head of TSA and has backed out because of the "service disabled veteran" bit.

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From:agent_mimi
Date:March 30th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
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I have sleep apnea, I know many others who do as well. It's one of those conditions everyone laughs at and says isn't really a problem, and I think that's too bad, because sleep apnea can be very difficult. So far, 2 people on the sleep apnea forums who were 100% compliant with their CPAPs died at an early age. Also, just using a CPAP won't return people to normal. It does with some, I'm sure, yet I've never known a single person who was "normal" just by using a CPAP. Respiratory therapists will tell sleep apnea patients that their symptoms may take years to go away, or they may never go away at all.

My apnea was severe in the number of occurrences per night but mild in that it takes almost no pressure via CPAP to prevent apnea episodes. My AHI is very, very low, yet I'm still almost nonfunctional several times a month.

I should also note that I discovered that the government and VA, in some instances, consider sleep apnea a disability. Several people on those sleep apnea forums have been placed on disability services for it. It's very likely the military DOES consider him disabled and Harding wasn't lying or exaggerating.

The Washington Post seems to be puffing themselves up a bit, too, and misrepresenting things. They say Harding backed out because of their report on how he wasn't really disabled, but Harding was actually questioned about his contracting jobs and he is quoted as saying THAT was the reason he withdrew, not because the Post thinks sleep apnea isn't real or whatever.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:March 30th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
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I guess I went on a bit there. Sorry for the length of that reply.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 30th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
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No problem, it's interesting. You clearly know more people with sleep apnea than I do.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 30th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
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Most of the people I know who have sleep apnea do well with CPAP. But he shouldn't be in charge of TSA with that kind of disability, if we assume it's truly a disability.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:March 30th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
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he shouldn't be in charge of TSA with that kind of disability, if we assume it's truly a disability.

That's a pretty loaded statement.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 30th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
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If we allow that he has a disability from sleep apnea, then he's sleepy during the day and has trouble paying attention. Someone like that shouldn't be in such a critical position.

You have to remember that other diseases/problems aren't counted as a disability if there's a way to regularize then, like a pacemaker or anti-allergens.
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From:firecat
Date:March 30th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
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I think sleep apnea is a disability, and I don't think sleep apnea is incompatible with managing a big contract.

I assumed he had to give up the contract because there was an implication in the phrase "service disabled veteran" that he was disabled in the line of duty.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 30th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
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No, that's how he got the contract. I think being sleepy during the day is definitely incompatible with running the TSA, and that's why he withdrew from the position.
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