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CPAP Night 2

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Last night was the 2nd night for my CPAP machine. The first night I went to bed around 10 and kept the mask on until about 330. Not too bad for the first night!

I had cut the grass earlier that day so I was having allergy issues and I ended up sleeping with my mouth open for some of the night but at least I kept the mask on for most of the night. I did feel better in the morning though so it must have helped at least a little bit!

So last night was much better! I didn't have any issues keeping my mouth shut and I think I woke up twice the whole night. I flipped to my side, and then later flipped back to my back. I ended up going to bed around 1030 and kept the mask on til 445 this morning. I normally get up around 5-530 so I was extremely happy with the results! I feel 100% better this morning than I usually do when I get up. I'm not groggy like I usually am in the morning and I feel rested like I actually got some quality sleep for once!

I know it's still early, but I love my machine so far and I look forward to many more nights of restful sleep!!

If there's anyone out there that is concerned that they may have sleep apnea, PLEASE see a doctor about it. The testing for it was nothing more than sleeping in a sleep center with some wires hooked up and on the 2nd night of the sleep study you spend another night there but with a CPAP machine on so they can determine what level of air pressure you need to avoid the sleep apnea events. The only pain during the whole testing process was when they removed the sensors from my legs and chest b/c it pulled the hair!

I was kind of skeptical that I would notice a difference, but it's like night and day. I love my machine, and I'm so glad that I've had the testing done!

Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!!

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INDIANOAKS 7/4/2010 5:46PM

    CONGRATS on taking the positive step to help your health with the CPAP machine! As a nurse, I know it can be intimidating so it's impressive that you're adjusting already!! SOOOO glad it's helping you too!! You'll just feel SO much better in SO many aspects of your life now... BEST OF LUCK on your journey!! emoticon

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SLY_REDUX 7/4/2010 1:53PM

    My CPAP made such a difference for me. I call it my Dream Machine - it's amazing how much and how vividly I dream, now that I'm sleeping properly! And here's another plus - being properly rested decreases the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. That's widely believed to lead to weight gain, especially around the belly area.

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HAPPYONE331 7/4/2010 11:37AM

    Before I regained all my lost weight emoticon I didn't even need my CPAP. Another motivtion for getting back into shape! Happy Fourth everyone!

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CTTAGENT 7/4/2010 10:59AM

    My husband has been using a CPAP machine for 6 months now. The first couple of nights, he said he wasn't seeing it help, to which I told him it give it some time. A person can't make up for years of lost sleep in 1 night. About a month later, he said he was noticing it must be helping. He wasn't waking up feeling drugged, and he was dreaming a lot.
I am so glad that you have found it helps you too. Good sleep is so important; it is good that you have found what will help you.

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BJCANDOIT 7/4/2010 8:41AM

    I saw your blog on the iphone page and jumped over here to read it as I am also a sleep apnea sufferer. I assumed you were a female and I giggled when I read that it hurt when they pulled off the tape and it took off your chest and leg hair. I am glad you are making progress ( actually excellent progress) and you will notice gradual improvement for the next couple of months. Good luck and it is possible you might not even need the cpap as your weight returns to normal.

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GROEDER 7/4/2010 6:53AM

    I'm really glad it is working so well for you. Hope it continues to get even better.

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TINYC887 7/4/2010 6:17AM

    im so glad its helping, have a relaxing 4th and enjoy your sleep

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Week 11 Weigh In

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I lost another 3.6 pounds this week! Woo hoo!!! Just call me butter... cuz I'm on a roll!!

I haven't been doing anything differently, I've been staying within my calorie range and if I'm under, I'm under by a small amount, not 800 calories or anything crazy like that. I'm still walking 2 miles every other day. If it's a weekend day, then I walk 3 miles instead. I've thought about making it 4 on the weekend and not pushing the speed as much until I get a feel for how to pace myself. I find that when I do push, it's not that I get that outta breath, it's usually the muscles on the front of my foot that seem to get wore out and then if I keep pushing I find that my feet have a tendency to drag and I don't want that b/c I'll end up tripping and that wouldn't be a pretty picture!

I have to attribute the larger than normal losses the last 2 weeks to my thyroid pill. I've been taking it a few weeks and my doc said that it would probably help.

I'm down a total of 26 pounds so far and I couldn't be happier with my results! I'm still slightly ahead of track to be 200 by my birthday so we'll see how that works out!

I will be getting my CPAP machine Friday and I can't wait to try it at home instead of being hooked up to all those crazy wires in a strange bed. I really hope that it allows me to get the deep recuperative sleep that my body needs. Only time will tell!

Have a safe and happy 4th all! Take care and keep on losing!!!

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SWTBELLA 7/2/2010 1:03PM

    As I understand it once you get the Cpap you not only get a full nights sleep but also start loosing weight. I'll check back on you & see if this is true but even then, getting sleep is everything. emoticon& like you told me...keep on trucking emoticon

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KATHYJO56 6/30/2010 12:28PM

    You are doing so AWESOME and I am so happy for you! You will like your CPAP machine. I am on one at home and have been for 10 years. You won't believe the differance it makes in how you feel.

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TINYC887 6/30/2010 8:57AM

    way to go. im hoping to start losing again when the dr clears me for exercise.

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CAROKNITS 6/30/2010 8:27AM

    Way to go!

I hope your CPAP works well for you. I've heard having the right fit for the mask can make a huge difference. Sleep is so important - do what you need to get good sleep.


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ANNEMARIE001 6/30/2010 6:40AM

    emoticon emoticon

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LIVERLOO 6/30/2010 6:37AM

  good luck to you and keep it up!

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New photo uploaded!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I decided that I would start taking photos each month to see if I notice any progress. I just added today's photo. I'm about 9 pounds lighter than I was last month so I'm happy about that.

I can't really see much of a difference from the front on photo, but I can see a difference from the side view photo. That fat around my stomach is just a melting away! You can check out the photos on my main page. Definitely makes me want to keep on going so I can see what next month's photo will look like.

Can't wait!!!

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JUSTA123 7/1/2010 8:07AM

    You are doing great! and thanks for stopping by my blog, It's all the help from you guys that helps me keep motivated! emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 6/29/2010 1:42PM

    Love the good news. Thanks for the invite to check out your page. I am heading to your photos now.

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TINYC887 6/27/2010 9:03PM

    great job and what a motivator

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PATRICIA441 6/27/2010 8:08PM

  You can tell in your side view! Keep up the great job!

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CALTRIN 6/27/2010 12:21PM

    I went and looked at your photos. Great Job! You really can tell the difference.

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OUREB33 6/27/2010 12:09PM

    Great idea I need to try that. Keep up the great work.

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Sleep Apnea Study Part 2

Thursday, June 24, 2010

So last night I had the 2nd part of my sleep study where they hooked my up to all the monitors again, and then fitted me with a mask that covered my nose. Then they attached it to a CPAP machine which basically blows air into my nose in order to prevent my airway from collapsing which would then in turn cause me to stop breathing.

I gotta say that it wasn't THAT uncomfortable. Of course all the wires were a pain in the neck, but the mask itself wasn't bad. I'm normally a mouth breather, but with the nose mask I had to breathe through my nose only and I was able to pull that off once the airflow was adjusted properly.

At one point during the night I had to ask if it was ok to loosen the straps on the mask a little as it felt like the thing was cutting into my face. Once I loosened it a little bit, it wasn't a problem for the remainder of the night.

They said that I did get plenty of that much needed REM sleep and I honestly felt better when I got up. Haven't noticed any side effects other than my face still feels like I've got a mask on and I've been sneezing a little more than normal so far.

Overall, I'm very happy with the whole process and if there's anyone out there that has been putting off talking to your doctor the possibility of sleep apnea, please, please talk to your doctor. You can die from this if it's not properly handled and the testing for it couldn't be easier.

I've just got to wait now for a call from the medical supply company so that they can arrange delivery of my CPAP and show me how to use it. I hope I get a pimping CPAP with the humidifier and heater. Then I'll be sleeping in style!!!

Take care guys!!!


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SWTBELLA 7/2/2010 12:51PM

    Oh wow this is really great info! My MD has been trying to get me to test like forever for sleep apnea but like most things I keep putting it off. I have hypertension & feel tired all the time. Now that I've come across someone else who's actually tested & doesn't mind looking like Darth Vador at night lol, makes me feel more at ease. I'm going to set up a sleep apnea consult thanks so much for sharing emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 6/24/2010 11:18AM

    Since you felt the benefits your first night, even wired, you will have a much easier time adapting to the "snorkel" ummm......mask.

I always thought we looked like fighter pilots or Darth Vader, or perhaps Snuffleupagus.

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TINYC887 6/24/2010 8:17AM

    that is awesome, sleep disorders are tough, I have nightmares so I never get enough sleep, in no time you will feel like a new man

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AURORAVII 6/24/2010 8:10AM

    Hurray! You've done something for yourself that can make a big difference in your life. Before my CPAP machine and "snorkel" I was dragging myself through life like a zombie.

I'm sure your doctor told you it will take a while for you to adjust. Not just to using the cpap, but also to getting enough sleep. At first there's a tendency to oversleep, which can also leave you feeling tired and draggy. But after a few weeks, you could be feeling like a new person.

Good luck!

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TINY67 6/24/2010 8:02AM

    I got sleep apnea too. I also am sightly clostrophobic so I had problems with the mask over the nose. They do have them that just go into the nose, like and I found that it works great for me. Good Luck.

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Week 10 Weigh In

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I've made it to week 10... Woo Hoo!!! I'm down to 246.8 this week so that's about 2 pounds from the previous week. I'm VERY happy with my results so far. To date, in 10 weeks I've lost a total of 23.2 pounds. That's slightly above the average of 2 pounds a week. I don't want to get too much higher than that since it wouldn't be healthy so I'll shoot to stay on track.

Right now, I'm ahead of plan to make it to 200 by my birthday. I REALLY hope that I get to that goal. It would be the lightest I've been since I moved here about 11 years ago.

Tonight I've got the 2nd half of my sleep apnea test to figure out where my CPAP machine should be set and then I guess within a day or two I should hear from the people that deliver the machine and goodies that go along with it. My daughter should get a kick out of it!

Time to hop in the shower and get ready for work. Take care guys and keep on losing!!!

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HEATHERL219 6/23/2010 9:45AM

    Congratulations on your loss!! :)

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KIMOTHY77 6/23/2010 6:22AM

    Congratulations on your weigh loss!

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RIDLEYRIDER 6/23/2010 6:22AM

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Keep up the good work!!!

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