Thanks so much for your post and welcome. I understand how busy the end of semester can be! I too work in a private university (for 28 years) currently in ITS. I was in University Relations at the start, then a faculty secretary for 10 years and now work in web production in the ITS department for the past 14 years. Our daughter is actually finishing her undergraduate career at the university where I work and will receive her diploma this month. Although she is going to wait and walk in May with her friends. And she will be off to graduate school next summer in D.C.
I will indeed PM you. Will be nice to chat. It is possible you may know folks where I work. Buffalo is not all that far away. Good to know someone on here from WNY. I am not looking forward to our notoriuos winter weather.
I was prescribed Gabapentin. The doctor at the lab doesn't seem to be a fan of either Ambien or Lunesta. Not sure why. May be because they are stronger. The pharmacist told my husband when he picked up my prescript. that this is mild and many use it long term. I saw it is also used for restless legs. I had mentioned at my followup I wouldn't be surprised if I had a slight case of it. There was quite a bit of movement with my legs during the study. My Dad suffers from it and neuropathy. Neuropathy can be a side effect of chemo too. Thankfully I haven't been saddled with that. I have done two tours with chemo 14 years apart.
I have chronic pain that I just live with and have a pretty high pain tolerance. I really hate taking medication LoL. I am on arimidex for post breast cancer which causes joint and muscle pain and I know that stiff feeling you have described. I have it especially in my hands along with some arthritis. Over the last several months I have had sciatica flare ups too. That was a lot of discomfort last week for me on top of the newness of trying to move around hooked up to a hose and the pain in my hip from sciatica.
I appreciate all your words of encouragement and advice to me and others on the forum. In fact I had read your suggestion of keeping a journal on another thread and texted my husband to pick up a spiral notebook for me. He is retired and looking for things to do
I started making notes the day I went on therapy. I also put a journal app on my phone to keep track of AHI, leaks, usage, etc. in case I need to refer to that info while away from my notebook. Another tip I saw by someone was having bought a special bucket solely for washing CPAP equip. to avoid picking up any germs from sinks. I am constantly washing our sink out and emptying the drain traps that my family doesn't seem to see and I wash and disinfect it weekly. I bought a dishpan to use only for CPAP ... it just seems to make sense and a simple thing for extra precaution.
I find everyone on here so nice, very genuine and always willing to help with advice, tips and encouragement. Great site!