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7 hours ago, Imis Twohofon,SASS # 46646 said:

If I go more than a couple of nights without my CPAP everybody around me will know it. It helps me sleep and keeps y'all safer. I do hate the hose but that is part of the machine.

 

Imis

 

I got taken by ambulance to the hospital last April.  I didn't take my CPAP along and that first night I was miserable.  Somebody in the hospital told me I couldln't bring my own CPAP, but I kept asking until I found somebody in authority who OKd it. The second night I was sleeping so well nobody woke me up in the middle of the night, which had been my previous hospital experience.

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46 minutes ago, punxsutawneypete said:

 

I got taken by ambulance to the hospital last April.  I didn't take my CPAP along and that first night I was miserable.  Somebody in the hospital told me I couldln't bring my own CPAP, but I kept asking until I found somebody in authority who OKd it. The second night I was sleeping so well nobody woke me up in the middle of the night, which had been my previous hospital experience.

The hospital here had to use their own and set it to the patients parameters.  They didn't specify if it is a revenue generator or liability avoidance.

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I used to be in total denial that I had a sleep issue.  Here it turns out I had the trifecta, heart disease, diabetes and sleep apnea.  Now I will probablly get a little longwinded (no surprise to some people) but I want to relate my experiences to everyone who may be on the fence about treating a sleep disorder.

 

In fishing camp my relatives used to say I could rattle the rafters.  My uncle told me he was worried about the breathing stoppages i was exhibiting.  I had both eyes momentarily close while driving on the Baltimore Beltway.  And it became a running joke here in town how I could fall asleep sitting upright at the bar at the American Legion and VFW.  The manager of the VFW lounge almost threw me out for falling asleep at the bar.  I guess he was worried I would fall off the stool.  

 

In 2018 I had a regular appointment with my cardiologist.  He was buddies with the sleep doctor in town, and on that day there were quesitionairres from the sleep doctor's office being passed out at my cardiologist's office.   When I filled out the questionairre, it really quantified my sleep disorder problems and I realized that I was in big trouble.  When I got the test done, it showed I was having 43 beathing stoppages an hour.  

 

In February 2018 I started using the CPAP machine.  Immediately I stopped falling asleep sitting at the bar.  In about three months I noticed that my amibition and problem solving ability increased dramaticly.  I started organizing and putting away stuff that had been sitting on the floor in the hall of my house for over a year.  I started losing weight and have kept some of the lost weight off.

 

The next significant benefit I discovered was that my diabetes improved.  I keep records of my blood sugar readings and after awhile I noticed a decrease across the board in my blood sugar readings.  After 3 years my sugar levels are staying down.  

 

For what it's worth, I now wish I had started using the CPAP machine a lot earlier, but I'm glad I saw the light and started using one when I did.  Hopefullly my experience with be helpful to someone.

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