I don’t often win stuff and the time of my life where I needed validation and praise is mostly behind me, so I was surprised and delighted to have won a book, had part of a review I wrote quoted in a printed book and was told I excelled at tolerating and benefiting from CPAP.

I entered a competition run by Holly, on her blog Bookaholic Confessions, to win a paperback copy of While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green. I was delighted to be told I won and have already received the book by post. Thank you Holly and Quercus.

I was honoured when a publicist contacted me about a review I wrote for My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry, part of which may be quoted on a print edition of the book. It’s always very humbling when I say something about a book that resonates with someone else, but for something I wrote to inadvertently have some sort of commercial value is very flattering indeed. Of course, the credit should go to the author who inspired me to say something worthwhile.

My two week CPAP trial was up and I took my machine and various sleep questionnaires back to the Sleep and Lung Function Clinic, so that they could collate data from the SD card in my machine to see how I’ve been faring.

I had to wear a pulse oximeter for the last night of the trial and was told that I tolerated the mask and pressure well and am desaturating significantly less overnight. My oxygen saturation is still dodgy (technical term) at times when I’m sleeping but I have an appointment to discuss this with a respiratory physician next month.

In the meantime the trial has been extended to allow me to keep the equipment until I have spoken to the consultant I see at sleep clinic to officially sign me onto keeping the CPAP long term. I haven’t heard at all (yay!) From the pulmonary vascular unit that insisted I go on CPAP and look forward to taking my time and regaling the Pulmonary Hypertension doctors about my CPAP adventures.

Not used to much out of my very familiar ordinary life, I feel elated (probably because I’m sleeping better) for the highs this week. It’s not exactly winning the lottery but it’s a great week.

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