Sunday Post – 26th March 2017

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This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

It’s been another momentous week for us. Himself has been going through a rough patch, recently with lapses of concentration at work. He often comes back from a shift very tired, though the good thing is that he never has any problem going to sleep, when his snoring is spectacular – the grandchildren call it, ‘Papa’s rumbles…’

I have often wondered just how refreshing his quality of sleep can be, especially as the snoring often suddenly stops, only to start up again with a gasp as he thrashes around, without waking. Good old Google told us it’s a condition called sleep apnea and can be very serious, leading to the increased risk of stroke or heart attack and the onset of type 2 diabetes. So a fortnight ago he made an appointment for the Dr and we went along together, which seemed a good idea as he has no idea what happens during these episodes, because he’s asleep. I cannot fault the NHS for the speed of their response and level of care – it’s been brilliant. Our Dr referred us to the Sleep Clinic at our local hospital and we were seen within a week when Himself came away with a monitor to measure his breathing, pulse rate and oxygen levels last week-end. On Thursday, he had a follow-up appointment back at the Sleep Clinic where he got the results. Five to ten episodes of interrupted breathing an hour is regarded as mild; between ten and thirty is regarded as moderate, needing some kind of intervention; while anything over thirty episodes of interrupted breathing is severe. Himself was averaging at fifty-one episodes of interrupted breathing an hour. She showed us the printout. I was staring at the jagged line in disbelief – and at the fact that it only calmed down during the periods when he woke up. She also explained that he was getting hardly any REM sleep. No wonder he’s making concentration errors! The blood test has also come back positive for pre-diabetes, so he’s also going to be attending a clinic for that, too.

And the reason why I’m telling you this? Because we’ve coped with his snoring for years – he’s repeatedly tried losing weight with limited success although he doesn’t drink or or smoke – but we’d no idea it could be part of such a serious underlying condition. If you or your partner are dealing with similar issues, please do get it checked out. We are both conscious that if this had been left much longer, as well having problems at work, Himself could have suffered a stroke or heart attack. He’s currently wearing a sleep mask and I keep jerking awake at night terrified because he’s so quiet beside me – though hopefully that will soon pass. It’s early days yet, but he already he feels better.

This week I have read:

Blood Upon the Sand – Book 2 of The Song of the Shattered Sands series by Bradley Beaulieu
Çeda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asirim—that hundreds of years ago they were enslaved to the kings against their will—but when she bonds with them as a Maiden, chaining them to her, she feels their pain as if her own. They hunger for release, they demand it – will Çeda manage to keep their dark drives under control?
This sequel to the highly enjoyable sand and sorcery adventure Twelve Kings proved to be every bit as good as I’d hoped and I shall be posting my review here in due course. Great stuff!

 

From Ice to Ashes by Rhett C. Bruno

Kale Drayton knows his place. As a Ringer, he’s used to keeping his head down and his mouth shut—no matter how much the Earthers abuse him or his own kind berate him. So when he’s caught stealing from a wealthy merchant, he’s lucky to be sentenced to low-paying maintenance work on a gas-harvesting ship instead of life in a cell . . . or worse. But when his mother is quarantined, Kale finds himself backed into a corner. To pay for her medicine, he needs money—the kind of money he’ll never make sweeping floors and cleaning ships. So when he receives a mysterious offer asking him to do a simple job in exchange for his mother’s treatment, Kale takes a chance once more.
This space opera adventure is set in the same world as his excellent novel Titanborn – see my review here – and is due to be released this coming week, so I’ll be posting the review on Wednesday. Another really strong, thought-provoking story that I’ve been pondering about since I finished reading it.

 

My Parents Are Out of Control – Book 2 of the How To Train Your Parents series by Pete Johnson

Louis doesn’t think much of it when his mum and dad ask him for tips on how to be cool. In fact, he thinks it’s pretty funny watching them bump fists and use words like ‘safe’, ‘sick’ and ‘wicked’. Until Dad turns up outside Louis’s new school dressed like a rapper, that is . . . Suddenly they’re trying to friend Louis and all his classmates on Facebook, and wearing baseball caps backwards – IN PUBLIC. Louis and his best friend Maddy are horrified. Mum and Dad have taken things too far . . . and immediate action is needed!
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series – see my review here – and so was delighted to be able to track down this next slice of Louis’s adventures. I find Johnson’s commentary on modern family life to be funny and perceptive.

 

The Operator – Book 2 of the Peri Reed Chronicles by Kim Harrison
Peri Reed’s job eats her mind, but for a special task agent in hiding, forgetting the past can be a blessing. Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency who turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who’d use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable, or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left: strong but without will—for whoever holds her next fix, will hold her loyalty.
This is a cracking premise and Harrison doesn’t disappoint in delivering yet another twisting, action-packed plot underpinned by some interesting and disturbing moral questions. Read my review of the first book in the series, The Drafter.

 

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 19th March 2017

Review of The Drafter by Kim Harrison

Teaser Tuesday featuring My Parents Are Out of Control by Pete Johnson

Tim Tag

NEW RELEASE SPECIAL Review of The Collapsing Empire – Book 1 of The Interdependency series by John Scalzi

Friday Face-off – Seems like, streets lights glowin… featuring The Cuckoo’s Calling – Book 1 of the Comoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling

NEW RELEASE SPECIAL Review of Wolf Moon – Book 2 of the Luna series by Ian McDonald

 

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

A typical day in the life of a #BookBlogger (in this instance ME!) https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/a-typical-day-in-the-life-of-a-bookblogger-in-this-instance-me/ This wonderful article is a response to some of the ill-founded allegations that book bloggers are somehow playing the system for financial gain, instead of being ‘real readers’.

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers Featuring New York City http://blog.kristenburns.com/book-covers-featuring-new-york-city/ Kristen regularly features a series of book covers on a particular subject and I particularly enjoyed this one.

10 of the best poems about Mothers https://interestingliterature.com/2017/03/22/10-of-the-best-poems-about-mothers/ In honour of Mothering Sunday today, I thought this enjoyable selection would be worth reading.

Useful Sites for the Novice Writer https://richardankers.com/2017/03/24/useful-sites-for-the-novice-writer/ This excellent article lists some of the databases where you can submit your written gems.

A Graphic Novel about the iTunes Terms and Conditions. Yes. Really. https://kristentwardowski.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/a-graphic-novel-about-the-itunes-terms-and-conditions-yes-really/ Kristen makes a point of unearthing the quirky and off the wall relating to books and writing. This is yet another great example of the interesting articles she posts.

Thank you for visiting and taking the time and trouble to comment – and may you have a wonderful reading and blogging week.

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32 responses »

  1. I’m sorry your husband has to deal with sleep apnea, my grandma has it and hates the mask thing. But I’m glad you caught it before anything serious happened, and maybe he’ll start sleeping better and feeling better.

    Glad you liked my NYC covers, thanks for sharing! And haha, that’s too funny that someone made a comic with the terms and conditions.

    • I know! Isn’t it bizarre what people come up with? Thank you for your good wishes – I’m sorry your grandma is also coping with this. But to be honest, his sleep was so very fractured, while he is finding the mask a bit weird, he feels so much better after wearing it, he is determined to make it his new best friend!

    • Thank you, Cathy. On one level, it’s been a huge relief to discover that his lack of energy and concentration issues have a solid reason and that it is fixable.

  2. Sorry to hear Himself is dealing with that. My dad was had sleep apnea for a while too and also learned he had a touch of diabetes. He immediately changed his diet and started exercising more, which really helped. He was already exercising so I’m guessing the huge change in his diet was what really helped. He cut back on a lot of sugar n salt and increased the veggies.

    • Yes – Himself isn’t one for salt and certainly needs to exercise more, but was always struggling with low energy levels. I’ve already noticed a change in him – it’s lovely to have back the sparkier version:).

    • You’re welcome – I thought the article was great:)). And yes… I want to spread the word as widely as I can – I regard myself as fairly clued up on health issues and am rather appalled that this slipped under my radar until it got to this level:(.

    • Thank you, Hayley – it has been rather a roller-coaster time all round… I’ve already noticed a difference in his energy and hope that it just continues to improve.

    • Well, if he seems to struggle to find energy, or concentrate – do get it checked out. Though I was aware of the stops in his snoring, I had no idea of the severity or frequency:(.

  3. Thanks for sharing that- I’ve heard of sleep apnea and how it’s apparently widespread and can be serious. Props to you and your husband for not delaying and getting all checked out. In fact my mom thinks she may have it. I’ve encouraged her to talk to her doctor about it…

    From Ice to Ashes looks good, I think I saw your post on Titanborn and those are on my radar now.

    • Oh do make sure your mom goes to the Dr if she thinks she might have it – this has some far-reaching consequences! Yes, Titanborn and From Ice to Ashes are both great reads – do start with Titanborn first, though – or the epilogue won’t make any sense at all…

  4. Thank you for the warning, Sarah. I have been trying for awhile now to get my husband to go to the doctor about his snoring and sleep. He finds every excuse not to, but I do worry. Now I will push harder. I am glad your husband was able to get the help he needed. I hope you have a great week!

    • Yes… J’s snoring had become a bit of a sore topic, to be honest – which was why it got left. But when he started having real problems at work in focusing, I looked it up and saw the side effects. The thing is – he has it REALLY severely and I had no idea. So do get him to go and get it checked out – it could be a matter of life and death.

  5. Scary times for you and yours but I’m glad things have been recognized and now things can be managed better. Good job things were checked out and can start on the mend 🙂

  6. :S I can’t imagine how scary the past week must have been for you and Himself. But now you know the cause, and it’s being taken care of. (And yes, kudos to the doctor and the sleep clinic for their speedy help!) I’m really glad to hear he’s starting to feel better, and I hope the both of you can feel more at ease because he’s sleeping more soundly.

    My week was a mix of quiet and busy, between work, preparing for the Iceland trip, and life in general. One of the better week’s I’ve had recently, too, in terms of how I’ve been feeling. So that was good. 🙂

    • I’m glad you are feeling better – I know it’s been quite a strain the last few week for you. As for us – it’s certainly been something of a roller-coaster for us both. Himself is finding the mask is already making him feel better – but I keep jerking awake at the absence of his snoring all set to thump him (something I didn’t even know I did…) until I hear the sound of the air pump. So I’m currently exhausted – but I’m sure this is a phase I’ll get through!

  7. Well, that was a tough week for you both – glad you found out about this though and can take steps. Sleep apnea is such a scary thing and I don’t think I could cope with the broken sleep.
    I did have a busy week, decorating has taken over and it’s just plain old hard work and very time consuming.
    Lynn 😀

    • Yes – it was certainly a roller-coaster week. Though I’m now regularly waking up, all set to thump Himself as he is no longer snoring – until I hear the whistling of his pump! I’m sure that phase will pass, though right now I’m a tad shattered. You have my sympathy over the decorating – it’s a slog!

  8. Oh, Sarah, I’m so glad your husband got in to the sleep clinic and now has a sleep mask. I was tested earlier this month and found out I have mild sleep apnea. I’m going back in to the sleep clinic tonight and they’re going to test various masks and air flow and I will get a mask then. I’m really hoping it helps me as I’m so tired all the time. I have problems with my arthritis waking me up, too, but hope the sleep mask helps some. So glad your husband is feeling better.

    You read some really good sounding books last week. I have to go check some of them out. Hope you have a good week.

    • I hope they help you with a sleep mask and that improves the quality of your sleep, Jan. Himself is finding his mask is making him feel a lot better, already.
      I look forward to seeing your book choices:). Hope you have a MUCH better week, Jan.

  9. My goodness! You are describing My Better Half (who IS “of a certain age), but I think a sleep apnea machine would keep us both awake more than his snoring. Like you, I am now “tuned in” to cessations in breathing. It’s hard to tell how much of “mistakes” are caused by lack of sleep and adequate oxygen and how much is natural declining. I guess until I read your post, I didn’t realize how dangerous sleep apnea is. We have a student-training clinic right here in little old Alvin, so maybe I should start working on having him check it out. I will do the preliminary investigation myself next week. Thanks for the alert.
    The books look interesting as well.

    • Do get him checked out! I knew J’s snoring was a problem and that he was often gasping and choking in his sleep – but I had no idea the health implications until he started having problems at work. He is already feeling a lot better and has coped really well with the mask as he is now sleeping far more peacefully. No snoring or choking…

  10. I’m sorry to hear about Himself’s health problems, but I’m glad you’ve made an appointment with a doctor and getting it sorted out. I had snoring problems too, but they seem to have went away after I moved over to the USA: the air in the apartment is nice and dry, my sinuses are healthy, and I’ve lost a lot of weight.
    Fingers crossed that he’ll feel better soon, and you both get some quality sleep :).

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