SLEEP APNEA

Well, I guess it is time I got back on and made a regular post. I have had this in my drafts for several weeks now. I have been terribly moody and lazy and tired. But I am feeling a little better and wanting to get back in touch with my blogging friends and readers. I had made a post mentioning sleep apnea and my husband having been diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea on July 20.

I did my home sleep study on Thursday July 23. The sleep center sent home the equipment with me after showing me how to use it and hook up the three wires needed. It wasn’t too hard to figure out, but it wasn’t real comfortable to sleep in. Not too bad, but I guess I was more worried about messing things up. This chart showed how things needed to be hooked up. A little time consuming, and I needed a little help keeping the belts straight in back. Hubby helped with mine, and I helped with his. Team work! It works. πŸ™‚

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On Monday the 27th, I received a call from the sleep center. It is confirmed that I have moderate sleep apnea. I quit breathing about 25 times an hour on my back, and 16 times an hour on my side. Not quite as bad as Hubby. His numbers were 30 times an hour on his back, and 22 times an hour on his side.

After my results were read and the information sent to the place where I was to pick up the machine, and the insurance approved my acceptance to get the machine, I finally got the call to come pick it up on August 7. Apollo, the company that supplies our machines, helped make a fit of the nasal mask and showed me how to use the equipment. The Respiratory Therapist ( I think that is what she was called) was very nice and helpful.

This is my unit and the hose and nasal mask and headgear. I am using my Kleenex box to be my headgear model.

August 8, 2015 Tom's CPAP machine. He's had his for about 3-4 weeks (3)

The humidifier comes out and is easy to fill and clean.

August 8, 2015 Tom's CPAP machine. He's had his for about 3-4 weeks (4)

This is Hubby’s unit, nasal mask and hose. And the humidifier snaps off from his main unit and is easy to fill and clean.

August 8, 2015 Tom's CPAP machine. He's had his for about 3-4 weeks (1)

August 8, 2015 Tom's CPAP machine. He's had his for about 3-4 weeks (2)

And I will model the headgear and nasal mask for all to see. No laughing please! πŸ™‚

August 8, 2015 Tom's CPAP machine. He's had his for about 3-4 weeks (5)

In all seriousness, if anyone thinks they may have sleep apnea, be sure and check it out. It can lead to so many health problems. Here is a good website to take a look at.Β  https://www.sleepapnea.com/

The first night was a little weird and took me awhile to get to sleep. The nasal mask was a little too small so I tried the next size up and that seemed to work better for the second night. The second night was a little better, but last night was a little more restless. I think I am trying to catch a cold or something and that is not going to help.

The nice thing about our machines is that the information that is collected can go right to the computers at Apollo and the doctors office over the internet. They can tell if you are using the machine and how many hours you are keeping it on. The insurance (our insurance) requires you use it at least 4 hours a night for 21 days straight for 3 months in a row in order for them to pay for it. Apollo will call and ask if there is any problems if you don’t wear it at all. And tell you to get it on at night.Β  It is not a cure. It is a tool to use to help keep your health in check for the rest of your life.

Stay Safe and God Bless!

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18 responses to “SLEEP APNEA

  1. I am certainly hoping to feel much better. I did get some extra medicine and been using a sinus rinse. I am able to use the CPAP more over the past few nights. I think I feel a little better, but like you said I will have to use it for about a month straight. I will let you know. I hope it will help Butler after several weeks. πŸ™‚

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  2. Yay. Good news. Sounds like a sinus infection. Not something you want to mess around with. I would be interested to see how you feel after being on your machine solid for a month or so. Hopefully you will be a new woman with renewed energy πŸ™‚

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  3. I finally went and got some extra medicine to help knock it out. I have been able to use my machine for the last three nights. Feeling better, but I will be glad when this crud is completely gone from my system.

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  4. Thank you πŸ™‚ I’m going to make a note of that so that he has some options. He has sever asthma and allergies both. I’m concerned this is going to be an issue for him. I’m glad that the tube doesn’t tangle up on you. At least that is one less thing he will have to deal with. Thanks again πŸ™‚

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  5. I am a tosser and turner too. The tube hasn’t been too much of a problem yet. Of course four nights in starting to use mine, I get a bad sinus or allergy problem. I couldn’t wear the mask at all last night because I couldn’t breathe. If your husband has a problem with the mask, see if he can check into something called nose pillows. They are available through our service center. They fit in your nose kind of like oxygen tubes and then when the machine is turned on they swell and create a seal and blow air in like the nasal mask would. I don’t like the feel of the mask around my nose and on my face. I might check into those. Our Respiratory Therapist said that the nose pillows and nasal masks are the favorite of most people. Good luck to you and your husband with his machine. πŸ™‚

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  6. Such perfect timing that I came across your blog. Just today Butler got his sleep apnea test results. He has sever apnea. I figured. He’s been twitching and kicking in his sleep for five years. I’ve been going nuts with it. Anyhow, he has an appt next month to do another sleep over at the Docs to get the mask fitted. It sucks he has to wait a whole month more, but I guess after 5 years, what’s another month. I just look forward to seeing him get some relief. He has fairly bad asthma too, so I hope he can handle having the mask on with the asthma. It doesn’t look that bad to wear. The tube would be a pain though when you roll back and forth, which he does. I might need to tie him down. Yeah, this could get interesting πŸ™‚

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  7. Thank you Roma. I hope so too. I am just glad it wasn’t any worse than that. It can be several hundred times an hour for severe cases. And now my allergies have kicked up the last couple nights. Makes it hard to leave the nasal mask on. I have been pretty restless the last two nights. I am hoping it will get better.

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  8. I can see why he gave it up. It isn’t the easiest thing to sleep in. I am very restless at night. But I pray he will go back to it. My Hubby has wanted to take a break from it too, but hasn’t. He quit snoring too. Have your husband check into nose pillows. It does the same thing as the nasal mask, but fits into the nose. I am thinking about asking if that would work out better for me. I don’t like the feeling of the nasal mask around my nose. But I will stick with it. I want to feel better and hopefully get back to wanting to do things. Like ride my horse and lose weight.

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  9. My hubby has one, but sadly he gave up using it about a year ago. I wave to him each evening as he heads off to the spare bedroom. His snoring and restlessness were too much to handle. When he used the machine he slept quietly and never suffered from the constant twitching and kicking. Looking back, he was suffering lack of oxygen and was attempting to restart his breathing.

    Nothing I can say will get him to go back to his machine. I no longer argue with him.

    You keep at it girlfriend. I know you will benefit.

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  10. Hubby says he can’t tell too much difference yet, and I thought yesterday I was in a happier mood than usual. Of course that was only the second day and wishful thinking maybe. πŸ˜€ But I am hoping that it will help me get more quality sleep and feel better.

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