News and updates!

We rebranded. The Brotherhood has retired. Enough ladies who came on into the stream mentioned it felt odd, and let’s face it, they’re right. So, good-bye brotherhood and …. hello The Skulls Crew!

In addition to rebranding, I also had some work done for new Twitch panel banners and a new alert notification. You’ll see that on stream when someone follows, hosts, donates, etc.

We’re still working on Affiliate, but I have good news! It is at hand. I have been working hard to get us into that sweet program and I know it’s now just a week or two out. Chat is getting busier each day. Followers are coming along in bursts. The channel is growing. Let me put it this way. In March I returned to streaming with 260 followers. As of today? I have 506!!!! WE PASSED THE 500 MARK!

Thank you everyone.

In other news: I have set up Ankhbot with some new commands. Check out !info when you can. Later this week I’ll include !games with some gambling options and such. And finally, I have my own Discord. I’ll add the link to my Ankhbot as soon as it’s ready to go!

What does it all mean? Well, there some more screens, but the gist of it is a measure of how long I am both asleep for and the quality of said sleep. At least that’s how I understand it. I am not sure why the Usage Details are not showing up, but the big information is presented there. I was told my AHI should be around 5-6 and my Maskfit is unlikely to be 100%… That said, it looks like my night-to-night average is pretty awesome (this is a snapshot of the night, but you get the idea) and my sleep schedule is between 6-7 hours depending on how tired I am when I go to bed. Even better, at least to and for me, is I am in bed around midnight instead of damned early.

In a week I get my first evaluation of the machine and my stats. That’ll be fun.

Oh and for amusement sake, yesterday a friend at work said “the first thing you do when you wake up is check your phone to see your sleep stats? Could you be any more boring!” I laughed. Jerk, but he means well.

Truth be told there was a point during my journey to good health where I thought I would have a heart attack before too long. Physically, I am the size of two full grown males who themselves are also overweight … that’s a reality horrifying on its own. Add into that I had little to no impulse control and very much treated my body much like a fun house. I ate too much and what I did eat, it was pretty consistently a terrible diet. I drank soda almost twice daily and I drank energy drinks literally every day for the past six years. And, if I am at all honest, I enjoyed my whisky far too frequently (a 26 oz bottle over a weekend most weekends for several years … not a great idea). To make matters worse, I was having some pretty terrible sleep.

Since January I have changed a lot in my life. I cut out the frequent caffeine down to 1-2 times every couple of weeks or less. I eat well–by which I mean on the 80/20 scale of things, I eat shockingly well. I drink alcohol quite infrequently (though did have a good drunk on once in this time frame, but that pales in comparison to twice per week). Yet, despite controlling these things, I was still sleeping horribly. I’d wake up 2-4 times per night and I would find myself exhausted. My typical routine would be to go to bed at 9:30 pm because I knew I would wake up every two hours until around 7:30 am. That’s a horrible way to live especially when you add in a nine and a half hour work day (including the short commute). Despite knowing I was sleeping like crap, I was very much in denial that I had a sleeping issue. I very much thought it was my pre-diabetic state that was causing it all and that my medication would soon fix that. I was wrong.

There is some rationale to all of this. Back in 2002, I had a procedure to remove my tonsils, adenoids and removed some tissue from my mouth. The procedure is called uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and it is to help with easing obstructed sleep apnea. I thought that because I had that procedure done, I wouldn’t have an issue going forward. As it turns out, I had more issues than I thought and as I gained weight they would only get worse.

On March 19th I finally went in for a sleep study after waiting several months and I slept. Not only slept but slept well. During it I learned that I needed to have a CPAP machine because I would stop breathing a few times per minute. It was startling news, but it was news I not only needed to hear but news I would benefit from.

For the past week, I have been sleeping with a CPAP machine. Despite all my Bane jokes, I have learned already to like it. I sleep soundly without rousing in the middle of the night. I have not fallen asleep on the sofa watching TV. I have not fallen asleep sitting at my desk at work when the tediousness of the job sets in. It has been rather remarkable how much energy I have too and people around me say I appear far more energetic and happy. I cannot begin to express how amazing it is to sleep once again and I encourage literally everyone to consult their doctor to see if they might need a sleep study.

Now, next up for me? The next class with the Weight Management Clinic and then a surgery date.