Daily Archives: June 10, 2010

Vivaldi meets Led Zeppelin

Pops and Popcorn

Last night was the end-of year orchestra concert. No, I don’t have an orchestra student; I’m a band mom, but the parents of musicians help each other out and we share an umbrella organization. While the middle schoolers were playing, I was keeping cans of soda stocked in the ice buckets (and sneaking tiny ice cubes to rub on my neck and drop down my back).  The families appreciated having popcorn and soda available for a donation (we did pretty well — great fundraiser, since the parents donated the soda for the event!), although we will need to stick with just water next year. It’s pretty much a “No-No” to spill soda in the auditorium. (We slipped our friendly custodian payment for the extra cleaning he had to stay late for — this morning is an awards ceremony in that auditorium. )

I was able to sneak into the auditorium for the final 8th grade song, the theme from The Pink Panther. Then I found a seat and thoroughly enjoyed the high school orchestra concert. They started with a piece by Vivaldi and then moved into a rock theme: Coldplay, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Jimi Hendrix (1st violin rocked it!), Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here (arranged by the student teacher from Shepherd University in WV) and finished out with Led Zep’s Cashmere. Incredible!! I kept texting my husband and oldest son to make them jealous.  Hey, it’s not MY fault they chose to stay at home!

Tonight I’ll be rockin’ the popcorn thing again, this time for “A Night at the Movies” for my 8th grader’s band concert. I’m going early to help set-up and serve popcorn, but then I’ll be in the auditorium to enjoy the show as they play theme songs from various movies.

What live music have you enjoyed recently?

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To sleep or not to sleep… that is the question!

I went in for my first sleep study in early Spring of 2009.

I’d been snoring lightly, on and off, for years, but it had gotten much worse when SuperDad was deployed. When he returned home again, I heard about it often for the next few years, but generally a set of ear plugs brought peace to the marital bed. Unfortunately, it kept getting worse and by early 2009, I was being nudged awake and moved to the living room sofa most nights.  While I figured this was fair (I don’t wake easily to alarm clocks and I don’t have to function at a paid job), it wasn’t a happy solution. I finally had my family doctor write me a consult to the ENT clinic, where I made sure they understood that snoring was adversely affecting my marriage. That was my ticket to a sleep study.

I love the place I go to: the company spent some money to make it a nice experience. The bed is very comfortable, the rooms are almost like small hotel rooms, and there is a private bath attached to each room. Tuesday night was my 3rd time there.

At my first visit, I was wired up (wish I had a picture of that one!  So very many wires!) and slept the night away… sort of. It took a long time to fall asleep and then I would wake up and flip around several times.  The results of that study showed obstructive sleep apnea.  (My husband had insisted that I didn’t have apnea. He never heard me stop breathing; he only occasionally heard me stop snoring. Um, that was when I wasn’t breathing.) It turns out I was having apnea episodes that averaged every 2-3 minutes for up to 20 seconds at a time. No wonder I was so tired all the time!! I wasn’t sleeping! At least not at night… I would often fall asleep during the day for several hours at a time. Sometimes it even happened sitting up in a chair “just for 5 minutes” (I’d wake up 2 hours later).

I returned a few weeks later for a night of testing out a CPAP machine. It was none too soon: I had begun falling asleep at traffic lights.
I am lucky in that I can tolerate a full face mask AND that my insurance has paid for the sleep studies and the therapy (the CPAP machine on my bedside table).  It’s not a romantic look, but it sure does increase the happiness in my bedroom: we BOTH get to sleep all night long!

Last night I went in for a “check-up” where the techs check to see how I am tolerating the therapy and if I need the machine adjusted for air flow pressure (it didn’t). They also checked to see what my sleep was like without the mask. I should get a report in the mail in a few weeks.

I might have slept better, but there was at least one time during the night when a wire came loose and had to be re-attached to my scalp (I finally got the last of the goop out of my hair tonight). And of course there was the mask on, mask off, mask on testing. I was pretty sleepy when I was awakened at 6am. I was still rather sleepy working with “checking accounts” with 4th graders at 9:30am! So instead of cleaning the house this afternoon, I napped on the sofa.