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17 April 2009 @ 07:02 am
Couple of nights since knowing I have interrupted sleep  
Well the first night that I went to sleep knowing that I actually stop breathing was a bit scary - I was worried - what if I don't wake up enough?  I started to feel my airway block up.  I have a headhache this morning. 

I have someone coming on monday from the respiration sales place to set me up with a machine. - aka new bed partner.

Yeah - this kind of beauty help I didn't need.

I've been googling everything I can about sleep apnea - but I can't find out what makes it severe - I tried calling the Dr. again but I have not heard back. 

Oh well.

Today I'm taking the afternoon off.  I'm going to the waters with bitofaspaz I'm really looking forward to that.

Current Mood: tiredtired
Mellacitamellacita on April 17th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Severity is based on number of apneas per hour. I think over 30 is severe--that's basically every 2 minutes you stop breathing.

You'll be okay until Monday, I promise. :)

Wow, your doctor and respiration guy are FAST. It took me 6 months to get all mine sorted out.

The machine takes some getting used to, but god does it help. Be sure to ask for a heated humidifier with yours, and use the "ramp" feature. The ramp feature starts it at a low pressure and gradually goes up so that you are asleep when therapeutic pressure is reached.

If you get a nasal mask, be sure to ask about chin straps to keep it from venting out of your mouth, too. I use these little flesh-colored adhesive things that keep my mouth shut while I sleep.

The most important thing is attitude. If you resent the machine, it will be uncomfortable for you. (My grandma is like that, she just was pissed off she had to have it)

Embrace the fact that it will give your solid rest! So many people have apnea for decades and never know what it is like to have good sleep. After I got my machine, my bp went down and my brain fogginess went away. It was worth any annoyance at having something on my face while I slept.

There are also many different kinds of masks, so be sure to test out a few if you can.