I'm going to a sleep over tonight..............

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gma
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   Posted 10/3/2006 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Several weeks ago I went to a sleep clinic, sent by my PC because I told her I was soooo tired all the time.  I was just sure that sleeping problems was not the cause, but she insisted.  So I went, was hooked up to all kinds of wires and sensors and believe it or not I actually went to sleep that way.  When I woke in the morning I felt like things had gone very well.  I seemed to have slept well.  HMMMMM A few days later I went to see the results.  They showed me graphs of my night's sleep.  Let me listen to myself snoring..... that was lovely.  Then they began to explain what the graphs indicated.  It seems as though I stopped breathing 200 times during the night due to sleep apnea.  The longest time I held my breath was 37 seconds. Now I couldn't do that if my life depended on it awake. So back I go again tonight, this time I will be fitted with a machine that sends air through my nose and all those wires and sensors will be hooked up again.  Oh Joy.  What fun old age is getting to be.  Hugs MK


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   Posted 10/3/2006 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   

I think I would pass out before I could hold my breath that long, LOL! MK, does insurance pay for this? My rhuemy has said I should do this, but I don't even know if there is one of those places around here.  Good luck tonight!! SWEET DREAMS!

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gma
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   Posted 10/3/2006 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes insurance does pay for it, at least mine does. Then I also have Medicare that could pay more. Remember I am in the Medicare group. It is becoming a big thing, doing a sleep study. I have even seen bits on News Health programs about it. My son in law went through it and his doctor told him he would extend his life 5-10 years. He says he feels much better sleeping with the machine. Well, we'll see about that. about holding your breath that long, there is no way you could do it awake and alert unless you had trained for holding your breath. I understand divers train like that. And I bet there is a place somewhere around there. I am going into Fort Worth but the same DR has another clinic in Weatherford which is a much smaller town. Time to go soon. I'll keep you posted. LOL. Hugs MK


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   Posted 10/4/2006 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
MK

My sister has sleep apnea and has been on the machine for years. She also was very tired and was not sleeping well. Im glad that you went in to get checked it can be serious if not caught in time.

Good luck on your tests.

L&H
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gma
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   Posted 10/4/2006 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
WEll, it took a little time to get the mask adjusted and the machine pressure set. Then it took a little time to get used to it. She brought me a second mask that was a larger size and it worked better. I slept from midnight to 5 am then went back to sleep for another hour or so. She said I did well, but I will not know the real results until I see the dr. That appt is not set yet. I will keep you posted. I am hearing of more and more people who sleep with the machines. I am wondering what the dogs will think when they see me with the mask on. Hugs MK


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   Posted 10/5/2006 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there MK, don't get discouraged. I was dx with sleep apnea right after my bc surgery. I have been using a cpap machine for about 5 years now. I hated it at first but we finally came to terms...I affectionately refer to it as "windy". Now she goes everywhere with me. I also have been fortunate enough to just be dx with TMJ. Go figure! Hang it there it took me a while to get used to it, but it was worth the struggle.

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   Posted 10/5/2006 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I know one thing Vic better not try to tell me he is going for a sleep over. He will need more than a windy to help him. LOL Seriously I wish you luck. I know several people that have said this really helped. Best of luck, Joyce
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gma
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   Posted 10/5/2006 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Sara, I can't imagine hiding your beautiful face behind the mask. I know your husband travels a lot, but he's too good looking for you to be hiding behind the mask all night when he is home. LOL.

Joyce, you mean to tell me you wouldn't let Vic go on a sleep over. You know I have spent two nights there now and have yet to see another soul except my own technician. I know there are others there because the techs have more than one patient a night and there are two or three techs. I wished I had taken my camera and asked her to take a picture for Chuck. The rooms and beds are very comfortable and quiet.

Hugs, MK


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   Posted 10/5/2006 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Mk, I will watch Vic drive off for a sleep over......gee let me think....Yep I know when...... When Pigs Fly. LOL Bet this makes libby find another flying pig card. LOL
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   Posted 10/6/2006 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
MK. what a kind thing to say. I always wait till the lights are out and he is almost asleep before I put my mask on...well at first I did. Now everyone is used to it and it's not that bad. Still don't like it, but it really does make a difference.

Good luck with it, Love you
Sara
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   Posted 10/6/2006 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   

How did you do with the machine? I spoke to someone who said she can't sleep without it now, it is so helpful.

Funny how some of us have such issues with sleep. I am a terrible and sensitive sleeper. The best thing about chemo was that I got to take ambien every day for months, with doctor's approval.

Now though I often use eye shades, ear plugs and always my bite plate for my bruxism. And my husband loves me anyway, bless his heart!  (and it gets cuter in the winter when I go to bed with slippers on!)

Lori



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   Posted 10/9/2006 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL Lori! I can just picture all that! I could tell from his pictures how much he loves you. He looks pretty cuddly, too.

The tech told me I did very well with the machine. Today I had a phone call from the service who will come to the house and fit me and set it all up for me. She told me my insurance will totally pay for it all and I have very good insurance. That is always good to hear. I just want to see what the poor dogs do when I have a hose running off my face and a gas mask on. That should be hilarious.

More updates when I get the thing.

Hugs MK


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   Posted 10/10/2006 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL MK, I wasn't worrid about the dogs, I was worried about my Granddaughter when she spends the night. Fortunately her other Grandpa wears one too so she is very used to them. Good luck with yours, when you get used to it you will feel so much better rested.

L&H
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