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Sorry about the insurance change. There is a way to read your own machine to make sure you are not having apnea events. Call your tech and ask them how the insurance will change who you work with. Best of luck.
Hi KimFit/Karen -
You've come to the right place! And also before you get your CPAP so maybe we can head you off onto a good direction so far as machines and masks (of course, some of it might depend on your specific insurance coverage.
I'm prolly the most recently diagnosed/newest member before you ... And I prolly should have been "diagnosed" a year or two ago. I was still in denial... Even though I was the one who labeled my husband as having sleep apnea 14.5 years ago after our son was born. He had his denial issues and took two seperate sets of studies and two doctors before he finally got set up. So I've learned a lot by osmosis, which made it easier for me to take to the CPAP when I did finally get it.
Now... Our insurance changed, and my present doctor is not on the list of approved doctors with the new company. *sigh* I need to find out if his office is still collecting the data from my machine's wifi? Guess I could disconnect it and see how long before anyone noticed and calls me!! Just Teasing!!!
But anyway - jump right on in, water is fine, and the only stupid questions are the ones that are never asked!!
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Hi Karen, Welcome to the team.
Sleep apnea almost killed me. I quit breathing a little too long. Spent four days in the hospital 10 or 12 years ago.
The first night on the cpap and I was hooked. I felt like a new person even though I threw the mask off about 5 times and slapped it back on every time I woke. It was an ill fitting, one size fits all type. It took me six months to find a mask that sort of fit and to quit throwing it off. Masks have changed considerably, but there is still a learning curve. It is kind of like getting used to an underwire bra, a new pair of heels, glasses, etc.
I am quite fond of my cpap and mask now. The sound of the air is soothing and it is a white noise to block other sounds. The filtered air is clean and reduces my allergy issues at night. The mask is a nuisance, but no more so than wearing a tight pair of jeans.
In fact one of our members is so in love with her cpap she named it "Clint".
If you are worried about what other people think, your worry will bother them more than the machine. Don't be afraid to ask questions. We have lot's of experience and can link you with other great web sites too. Just find the humor. Everyone else will too. And you will feel so much healthier.
I too was diagnosed in 2009 and have been using a Cpap machine. It has changed my life!
I sleep so much better with it then I do without it now. It was very frustrating in the beginning, the mask felt uncomfortable, I couldn't sleep on my stomach anymore, I would wake up in the middle of the night to find that I had taken the mask off in my sleep.
I am no longer falling asleep at my desk in the middle of the day. I feel better and look better. The biggest thing I can tell you is to keep trying out different masks until you find one you are comfortable with. It is totally worth it in the end. Don't beat yourself up when you first get it, it does take time to adjust. You will feel so much better after awhile! Grammacathy is a great source of information and this team is very supportive.
Hang in there and good luck!
"This too shall pass"
I need to get up, brush myself off and keep doing it until I learn to do it right!
You are not alone. I was diagnosed in 2009. My sister, brother-in-law and nephew have CPAP machines and I know several friends who have them, too. Don't be afraid of the machine. It is your friend. My other brother-in-law had one for a while and couldn't use it, though (he claims he kept trying to wear the mask - every different style - and was not able to), so he ended up going to get a dental appliance and loves that. He has mild apnea, though.
Anyway, just be calm and don't give up. I remember being SO depressed when I first got the machine; I thought it was going to ruin my life somehow. Let me tell you, I'm much more rested with using my CPAP than when I was without it.
Come here to let us know if you need help with anything. GRAMMACATHY is amazing with advice and so are many others here.
You can do it!
Long Live Wombat Towers and all who dwell within!
Hi. I was just diagnosed with sleep apnea -- I haven't even been set up with a CPAP machine yet. That comes Thursday night. I'm quite concerned about the fact that I stop breathing at night, but I'm also concerned that I won't be able to sleep with a mask.
Please, tell me this is all going to work out and I will feel SO much better.