Archive for January, 2006


Sunday, January 29th, 2006

I’ve come down with a cold. I’m really out of practice with being sick. Once upon a time I’d get a cold every four to six weeks, so it was really no biggie. Since I started working at the library though, I don’t seem to get as sick as often. I’m thinking that it’s because […]


Thursday, January 26th, 2006

After you get settled in at the sleep lab and before they wire you up, they check vitals, (110/80, 54bpm, 97.1°F, 162 lbs, 5’-9½”), breathalyzer (0.00) and urine drug screen. I knew this. I tested positive for stimulants. WTF? You know I’m clean and I know I’m clean. I’m 5 years and 31 weeks sober, […]

Assortment of stuff

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Like many gay men, I have more experience with death than others. However, death from HIV is a drawn-out affair so when it comes, it’s no surprise. I’ve known several people from the program who have died, but there was illness of a kind involved, so again, there was time to prepare. Even the occassional […]


Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

The first unusualness is in that for six days straight—ever since I started the sleep study—I had better than halfway-decent sleep. I can’t remember the last time I got amost a week of nearly uniterrupted sleep, plenty of it and all in bed. Alcoholism and addiction being fear-based diseases, I was working up to a […]


Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

I’m in the first phase of the study! I’ll admit that right up to my arrival at the hospital I had misgivings. Two things in the consent form put me at ease. First, regarding the polysomnography (PSG): “The PSG evaluations will be used to rule out any sleep disorders other than insomnia and to track […]

New year

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Happy New Year to all! Although I was invited to several New Year’s Eve parties, it’s my custom to stay home and pig out. Which I did—literally. Tuesday while shopping for my usual New Year’s Eve dinner of steak and lobster tails, I spied a four-pound package of boneless pork ribs. Big-pack price and reduced […]