Day 1014: Positions

Last Wednesday, I was in a position to meet with a sleep specialist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He took the  position that my mild sleep apnea could be effectively treated without my wearing a mask positioned on my face and a machine positioned by my bed.  He said that some data — from my sleep study performed over a year ago—  indicated that if I stayed sleeping in a side position, that would position me to have few or no occurrences of sleep apnea during the night.

He also told me about “positional therapy” devices I could buy that would position me on my side, all night long.

My positions about that included:

  • joy, because I REALLY dislike being attached to medical machines at night,
  • surprise, because I wondered why nobody else had noticed or interpreted the data that way before,
  • amazement about  the fancy  term “positional therapy” and the fancy price for something that looks like a fanny pack gone wild (if you position your cursor over my link for “positional therapy,” you’ll see what I mean), and
  • belief that I could MacGyver something else that would work just as well at keeping me in a side sleeping position, all night long.

If you don’t understand how I positioned the word “MacGyver” just now and do not want to position your cursor to find a helpful definition,  I’m in a position to easily share that right now:

Syllabification: Mac·Gy·ver
Pronunciation: /məˈɡīvər/
Definition of MacGyver in English:

US informal
Make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand:
“he MacGyvered a makeshift jack with a log”
“he has a pair of rectangular-framed glasses MacGyvered with duct tape”


1990s: from Angus MacGyver, the lead character in the television series MacGyver (1985–1992), who often made or repaired objects in an improvised way.

I am now in a position to tell you that I’ve stayed sleeping in a side position every night since my appointment with the sleep specialist last Wednesday.  How? I positioned socks and other clothes tightly in a backpack and positioned it on my back.  That perfectly keeps me in position sleeping on my side, all night long.

Now that we’re at this position in this post, is anybody else aware of a particular song positioning itself to be heard?

That disco song — “All Night Long” by Lionel Ritchie — reminds me of the very entertaining film my son, my boyfriend, and I saw positioned on a movie screen last night. Aaron, Michael, and I — positioned in some comfy theater seats — watched The Martianabout an  astronaut/botanist played by Matt Damon who is positioned on Mars for many months, MacGyvering his own survival over and over again, with disco the only music keeping him company.

When we got home from the movie, I said to Michael, “I think I could have survived on Mars.” Why did I take that position?   I was thinking about my “positional therapy” backpack and many survival techniques I’ve used over the years.

I shall now position some photos — taken from several positions yesterday —  into this post.

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Cats sure do get into some interesting positions, don’t they?

I think you can guess my position about any comments you might position below.

I’d like to position some thanks to Michael and Aaron, sleep specialists, The Martian, the Broken Tail Rescue Shelter (positioned at the PetSmart in Cambridge Massachusetts), everyone who has ever MacGyvered a solution to a problem, survivors everywhere, and you — of course! — for positioning yourself here, today.

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43 thoughts on “Day 1014: Positions

  1. That sleep position device is so expensive.. I suggests sooner or later there will be numerous others unless protected by patent. I am glad to hear that this therapy helps you. It seems like a better solution than a mask.

  2. zenyogipoet

    Hope You’re enjoying Your weekend Ann 🙂 Much Love

  3. Good improvisational work, Ann. Your riff on a backpack meets MacGyver test through and through. No more machine! More proof that not all medical specialists play in the same all-star game.

    Great photo of your ginger son and the ginger tree, Ann!

    Shelly is a great name for a pet turtle, right? And Shelly could not have wandered too far on its own, I don’t think. Not a quick getaway, anyway. I hope somebody has Shelly safe andn sound, my affection for Terps and all …

  4. I was in love with MacGyver Ann. I’ll never forget him climbing out of a car window that was speeding down a mountain, popping the hood and using his chewing gum to fix something. hahaha. ❤
    Diana xo

  5. Good for you Ann! As soon as I saw the device, I was thinking along the same lines as you. Positioning can be improvised 🙂
    As I head out to teach yoga, I’ll have some improvised positions in mind!

  6. wonderful being
    in the right position
    for this 🙂

  7. A resourceful solution for you, Ann, I have a feeling this would work for snoring as well. I’ve been forcing someone into that side position for decades !! ☺

  8. Do hope the sleep position solves the problem. Love all the kittens antics and the beautiful tree.

  9. Ok just saying that I like my mask and machine I find it near impossible to sleep without it now, that bike is not something I have never seen before except on telly it looks so damn like something I would not ride……………

  10. Cool position paper, Ann! How ’bout McGyvering a Zzoma by sewing a tennis ball between layers of fabric and tying around your waist?

  11. Congratulations on McGyvering your own sleep assistance device. Do you think you might also benefit from one of those long body pillows that pregnant women use? (I sleep on my stomach or side all the time, and usually enjoy putting one knee over a pillow. My bed is a mess of unMcGyvered pillow snakes, actually.)

    Love those kittens. Wish I could have one!

  12. Can you MacGyver me a way to get one of them?

  13. That device reminded me of a torturous looking thing to keep a baby positioned on its side. It was two triangles and the baby got positioned down between them. It seemed uncomfortable, but she didn’t seem to mind. And neither do you (as you say, better than a mask!).

  14. I hope that means you were able to sleep well. Your lost turtle prompted me to offer you this post:

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  16. Ada

    Love to position myself to see your position and how you position yourself so creatively in different positions. Love you and sleep tight and apnea won’t bite.

  17. Ann, I am of the position that if I had to wear one of those sleep devices I would never experience sleep apnea because I would never fall asleep. I have a turtle (or my son does – but I take care of her) named Shirley. How funny it is to see a tortoise named Shelley.
    I hope you had a simply scrumptious Sunday!!!!

    • I had a simply scrumptious Sunday, SD, and now my Monday is more scrumptious because of your comment’s position in this post!

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