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. 🙂
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.
The humidifier comes out and is easy to fill and clean.
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.
And I will model the headgear and nasal mask for all to see. No laughing please! 🙂
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. 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. 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!