Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Beware of pills, doctors caution

On mornings after a particularly brutal night, L. puts in a call to her supplier - another pillar of her community, a responsible grandmother with a stash of sleeping pills in her purse.

L. doesn't have insomnia, but sleep apnea. She seems to sleep well, but wakes feeling drowsy. The idea of having to wear a mask to bed freaks her out. Instead, she sneaks the occasional "dollie" to ease her toward oblivion, although her apnea will persist despite the drug-induced haze. ...more

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