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ET To The Rescue!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The dreaded CPAP mask, machine & oxygen tanks were all delivered on Friday. Took me awhile to figure out what hose went where but managed. Granddaughter said I looked like ET when I got it all hooked up. Friday night went well, sleep-wise. Only up a couple of times. Saturday, was tired all day and wanted to sleep. Last night..slept all night and feel a little better today. Have noticed I'm not as confused as I have been lately (doctor said lack of oxygen to the brain). So maybe all this equipment, several doctor visits, thinning wallet due to copays, will be worth it in the end. Think there is even enough energy today to exercise!!
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    Well, I have had my CPAP machine for a couple of weeks now. It is accomplishing its purpose, and I am tolerating it well, but the constant disassembling to wash various pieces either daily or weekly, depending on the part, is driving me nuts. Also, I am told I need to put in a certain number of days/hours per month or the insurance will not cover it. This is really annoying also because I occasionally take naps and when I do so, this cuts down on the time I sleep at night (and I think they only count the night sleep on the recording device). And, although I know you "can" take it with you traveling in airports, I simply do not see me lugging this thing around when I travel.

    My doctor had indicated to me that instead of a CPAP, there is some kind of device you can put into your mouth as well, but you have to sleep on your side for it to work well. I may look into this as it would be a whole lot easier taking that on a trip than a CPAP--not to mention how, if one did something like camping, a CPAP would be totally useless. emoticon
    2841 days ago
    Just reading your comments about the CPAP. I go in for a sleep study this coming week. Doctors are fairly certain I will need one. I have been waking up sometimes actually choking/gagging on my tongue. The ENT said my air passage is somewhat small and my tonsils are very large, so my tongue only needs to slip back a little bit before problems start.
    2923 days ago
    I'm on O2....levels dropped to 74 at night. Good luck w CPAP! emoticon
    2974 days ago
    I know I am late on the comment - but wanted to wish you well with your new equipment. With the exercise I hope you take baby steps. You know, don't want to over do it...Best wishes from LI, NY
    2999 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2013 12:23:22 PM
  • PCOH051610
    It will probably take awhile to get used to the mask and the hum of the machine. My husband uses a CPAP machine and it has made a huge difference in our lives
    3008 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    Gentle hugs from up north...glad you have the CPap and beginning to adjust and benefiting... Sorry you have had a rough time since we last touched base ...You have been such an encouragement to me re: breathing issues for my DH - Dr has actually cut his dose of med and then this last week of more activity he is wheezing again...Oh the merry-go-round or roller-coaster of life with COPD. Smiling at the reference to ET.. God bless you dear one and keep up the positive and the challenge.
    3015 days ago
    emoticon my hubby has been using one for years now and it really doe help him!
    3020 days ago
    So Jealous of you.....enjoy it will make a difference in your life.... emoticon
    3026 days ago
    Take care and don't overdo. Tomorrow is another day.

    3027 days ago
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    I had a friend who used one and said it made her feel so much better once she started sleeping better.

    3028 days ago
    Glad it is working for you. Stay off the bicycle with your CPAP mask and O2. emoticon Bob
    3028 days ago
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    Glad it is helping you! Keep up the good news...and do what you are supposed to.
    3028 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    I keep wondering if I need to look into this, too. Keep us informed on how you feel a few weeks out.
    3028 days ago
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    I am SO glad you got your machine! There is another Sparker here, Randy (CAJUNBUCKEYE59), who is waiting to get his machine from the VA and it will take him THREE months to get it! You know how important it is to have it and I am glad you did. Happy dreams! emoticon Love, Chelsea
    3028 days ago
    So happy for you. The CPAP is a literal life saver. I imagine you will only feel better and better as the nights go on.
    3028 days ago
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