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36 Hours [Jul. 12th, 2009|11:18 am]
Tony Grist
The night before last I kept waking up to discover I'd forgotten to breathe and needed to rectify the mistake pretty damn quick. Stupid old body.

Yesterday I spent in a reclining armchair watching stuff on TV. I watched Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix- a turbo-charged account of a leisurely novel- and the last three episodes of the BBC's new Torchwood series- which more than fulfilled the promise of the first two by turning all political and state-of-the-nationy. Russel T. Davies is a classic writer. He's produced a lot of tosh- much of it in the first two seasons of Torchwood- but when he gets things right he's outstanding.  Torchwood: Children of Men is a masterpiece- bitter, shaming, heartening, kinky, sentimental, morally challenging, subversive- also very exciting and funny.

 Last night I slept for 12 hours straight.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-12 12:12 pm (UTC)
Like you I can forgive the perfunctoriness of the solution because of (a) how shocking it was and (b) the fact that the sci-fi stuff was really only a McGuffin.

Davies has overstretched himself recently. A lot of his work for Dr Who and (especially) Torchwood was shoddy, but I've never really doubted that he's a major writer. Have you seen his Casanova- with David Tennant and Peter O'Toole? It's brilliant!
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2009-07-12 12:02 pm (UTC)
I know I spent a lot of the last 3 nights watching you!!!

I just can't function without you - it's pathetic - you've just started cooking some interesting meals, I'd have to go to the chippy (lol)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-12 12:12 pm (UTC)
Over my dead body!
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2009-07-12 02:13 pm (UTC)
Have you though about having a sleep study done? It's a pain, but getting a CPAP machine has dramatically improved the quality of my life.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-12 03:02 pm (UTC)
I haven't. In fact it's not something I've ever considered before. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into it.
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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2009-07-12 02:23 pm (UTC)
http://www.sleepapnea.org/info/index.html

Do yourself, and Ailz, a favor. Get this checked out.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-12 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. This is all new to me. I think the other night's problem was an aberration- due to me running a fever and having blocked airways- but I'll look into it.
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2009-07-12 04:48 pm (UTC)
Sleep is good.

Breathing while sleeping, priceless.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-12 07:41 pm (UTC)
Heh, heh, heh.... Couldn't agree more.
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[User Picture]From: still_althea
2009-07-12 05:53 pm (UTC)
Sleep apnea killed my favorite uncle. It is more of a health condition than a sleep disorder, and they have made a ton of progress in treatment over the last decade. Really, talk to your doctor, and take your wife with you since she's more aware of what goes on while you're sleeping than you are. If have this problem and get it fixed it will enrich the quality of your life so immensely you will not believe it, (not to mention lengthening it).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-12 07:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I obviously need to get this sorted out. I could do with an improved quality of lfe :)
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From: amritarosa
2009-07-12 07:00 pm (UTC)
We're downloading the last of the episodes today, can't wait!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-12 07:46 pm (UTC)
I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-07-13 12:40 am (UTC)
Gee! Get better, dammit! That cold has hung on for some time now -- and what's this with the breathing? It's something to see about, I think.
I care.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-13 08:11 am (UTC)
It's been two distinct infections. The first, I think, was flu- and the second was a cold. I believe I'm on the upward path now.

Thanks for caring.
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From: wokenbyart
2009-07-13 11:39 am (UTC)
I was crying during the last episode of Torchwood as it touched bits of my psyche that the rest of hadn't. It was very a brave subject to tackle (and even braver to have got it broadcast and not pulled from the airwaves) - as science fiction. Imagine that content without the sci-fi element of it... Rather too much in it like nazi Germany bussing off some of my family and ancestors to the camps for my liking. I presume that's what it was meant to imply (apart from the vaguelly silly 'drug' implication). Monster=nazis. Or maybe I'm just being oversensitive and reading too much into a TV story.

As for the sleep apnea - well, others will have given you info about this, but my thought is always - barring anything going down the airways that shouldn't, just before breathing stops - how long can one normally hold ones breath for before expiring?
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2009-07-13 05:05 pm (UTC)
If one holds one's breath often enough (like, several times an hour), one ends up oxygen deprived. It's truly NOT good for your body.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2009-07-13 05:08 pm (UTC)
Well, I finally finished the last Torchwood at 1 AM. I can't believe I stayed up that late! It was pretty exciting, but I mostly felt like Davies wanted to make sure that "Torchwood" would never be back by removing all possibility. Having Jack kill 2 family members was completely over the top, IMO.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-14 08:51 am (UTC)
There's always a way to bring back a successful TV or movie franchise if the will is there. After the success of the mini-series, I should imagine execs at the BBC will be keen to keep the show on the road- if necessary with an entirely new team.
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