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[whatever] Weigh-in: 229.0

The holidays were rough for weightloss. After New Year's I was back up to 239 after being as low as 231 before Christmas. But I've been back on track for a month, now. It's a little frustrating, but I'm now at a 8-year low, so I'm happy about that.

January was supposed to be almost entirely dedicated to working on the game, but (as I mostly expected) other things kept cropping up that took precedence. But, I've been making a lot of progress this week, and it's looking like we'll at least have something to show by GDC - pending being able to get through all the red tape of contracting some artists.

I'm also actively working on More OpenGL Game Programming right now. I've got about 70 pages written (though they're in a pretty rough state), and 3 demos done, but there's still a hell of a lot to do before the April 30th deadline.

Something else interesting happened this week. For years (since high school, really), I've suffered from daytime drowsiness - if I'm not actively involved in something and sitting still, I have a tendancy to nod off (doesn't ever really happening when driving, fortunately). The amount of sleep I get has some impact on this, but even sleeping for 8+ hours for a week or more only softens the effect. I also snore, and my wife says it sounds like I stop breathing for short periods when I'm asleep. So I've suspected for some time that I have sleep apnea. Back in November, I finally got around to seeing a sleep specialist and doing a sleep study. I wasn't able to meet with my doctor to discuss the results until this past Monday.

Turns out, I'm officially a *really* drowsy person. On a scale from 0 to 20, with 20 being not drowsy at all, and 0 being "falls asleeep immediately", I'm a 2.8. My doctor says that I definitely have sleep apnea, but he thinks that it's only a minor component of my sleep problem. He thinks that the main problem - and it pains me to say this - is a chemical imbalance in my brain that prevents me from getting high-quality sleep at night. The good news isn't just that it's treatable, but that treatment will improve my overall energy and alertness. I'm already a pretty active and productive guy, so maybe this means that I'll be able to finish the book on time without neglecting the site, my job, or my family.
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The good news isn't just that it's treatable, but that treatment will improve my overall energy and alertness. I'm already a pretty active and productive guy, so maybe this means that I'll be able to finish the book on time without neglecting the site, my job, or my family.

Cool, I hope you get well soon [smile]. How long does the treatment take?

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Although I don't know for certain, I'm pretty sure that treatment will be ongoing for the rest of my life. It's nothing major, though; probably a mask at night, and medication in the morning.

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If you're already an active and productive (if drowsy) person, what kind of promises can they make that this treatment won't turn you into one of those extremely annoying, over-abundantly-energetic, squirrel-hopped-up-on-speed, cheerful, happy people that you just want to punch in the head? [grin]

/me waits for Rhino to start babbling about how many pieces of flair he wears.

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