Friday, April 24, 2009

Sleep Study Not Helpful

Well, my husband spent a night in the hospital to have his sleep problems diagnosed. Unfortunately, the test was incomplete because he did not sleep long enough for them to make a diagnosis. He kept waking up and had trouble going back to sleep.

At about 4 a.m., the technician came in and sent him home because there was no way they could get sufficient data to diagnose sleep apnea, even though he might well have it. He just wasn't sleeping.

He's supposed to see if the doctor will order another test.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Rejecting a Healthy Supplement

I decided to try Ultraclear Sustain to see if it would help a  stubborn digestive problem. I used the product before but it was over a decade ago. It was helpful at the time. I had forgotten why I stopped taking it but figured the cost had something to do with it.

I started with just a teaspoon in liquid and gradually increased to a tablespoon. Then I started coughing every time I drank the stuff. Oh yeah... now I remember why I stopped taking it! That darn cough.

There have been other supplements that made me cough, things that were supposed to be healthful:
  • Flax seed oil
  • Psyllium
  • Coconut oil
  • Green tea
  • Rooibos tea
I don't know whether the cough is from an allergy or something else. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fumes from Self-Cleaning Ovens

I already knew that heated Teflon was hazardous to birds, but self-cleaning ovens? Turns out that Petco and other pet resources are warning people to not use self-cleaning cycle when birds are in the house.

Here's what I wonder: if Teflon and self-cleaning ovens produce fumes that kill birds, aren't they a teensy bit harmful to people too? And what about other pets?