It looks like there are a few of us Hose Heads here on the forum. Now JoAnn what are you saying about reaching a "certain age" smile you are only as old as you feel ok that was not a good way of putting that, but you know what I mean! Anyway allot of the opoid pain medications can cause central apneas, so that can always be a factor too! Along with any upper spinal cord injuries, and a whole host of different things. I have used all the machines, I was started off on CPAP then went to CPAP with supplemental O2 then BiPAP with O2 and then finally after a year and a half, and on my sixth full in house sleep study they finally got my diagnoses and treatment right, I have complex sleep apnea, and I use the ASV machine with Oxygen. So just as a heads up Pete, that is why it is important to get copies of your sleep studies to find out what kind of apneas your having, because if your having allot of Central apneas, the only machine that will adequately treat them is the ASV machine. And unfortunately allot of doctors do not know how to treat central apneas, and most insurance companies will not pay for one until you fail with using CPAP and BiPAP that is why it is so important to keep on them if your treatment isn't helping you!
Oh yes you know those light that straps around your head and it sits on your forehead? Well I use the fit life full face mask that covers the entire face from just above the eye brows to just below the lower lip, and then I put on my lite and I sit in bed and read. I am sure I look like an alien because I also have my hoody on because I like the room cold. But it makes it easier to ajust to wearing your mask and using your machine, put it on and read or watch TV with it on, It help allot in the begining so you can adjust to it easier. Then if you want to fall asleep you can, because you already are wearing you mask and have your machine on. That is why I still do it that way.
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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