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05:51 pm: Never Enough Sleep
Junie kept waking me up again last night until Loki came in about 5am and then they were both quiet. I got money at the ATM and bought groceries and dropped them off at the condo (put eggs in the fridge) and then went to the car shop and drove back with their driver (no step on the passenger side) and then he drove to the shop. They're scheduled to work on it first tomorrow. The engine has been sounding rough, but what really worries me is that the van might not pass the emissions inspection. If it doesn't, I have to get a new car, and I don't have money for that.

When the University of Maryland wins a big game of some kind, the kids always get out and party on the streets. A couple of college guys were charged for beating up horse police and the horses. But the charges have just been dropped. Why? There was a video that showed the opposite happened. The police hurt the boys, and didn't see the video, so they lied.

In Kabul, women are rarely allowed out of the house or to talk to any male other than young children. India built them a park and self-education area where the women can drop their burkas on the ground and play on the swings and learn how to do things to make money. That's a great thing for India to do!

I'm very close to napping, and then I'll come back later.

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Date:April 12th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)


I was going to say something to you and a woman whose name I remember as being Mimi, a few days ago, about whether or not my personal experience made sleep apnea a disability. About 12 years ago I did two things: (1) Asked a doctor to write a letter that might declare me disabled. (The doctor said that neither he nor anybody else really believed I could ever under any circumstances hold a full-time job, but "disability" meant something very specific and I didn't qualify.) (2) Went to a local mental health clinic and said that perhaps my biggest single ambition was to hold down a 40-hour-a-week job like "normal" people. The psychiatric nurse said, "Nate, considering your history, it will be a miracle if we can stabilize you so you can hold a part-time job." And then two or three years ago, got my CPAP machine. Immediately I started working 40 hours a week (sleeping fewer hours per night, but far more solidly) and have had no trouble doing so. I think it's pretty clear that for all the doctors' verbal nitpicking, I was disabled before I got my sleep apnea diagnosed, and am no longer disabled now that I have my CPAP machine. That is all the farther I can go -- just personal experience. I hope you find it of some interest.

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Date:April 13th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)

Re: Disability

agent_mimi defriended me, but I hadn't friended her anyway, so I'm not too worried.

Yes, that's the idea -- if the Cpap works, then you're no longer disabled by the sleep apnea. There are people for whom the Cpap doesn't work, and they are disabled. But sleep apnea by itself isn't a disability.

(I'd like to work at least part-time, myself!)
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