Hello everyone! I am so glad to be here with all you beautiful people! Yes, it is so important to have a support team! A bit of support from family, friends, and even your doctor can go such a long way in general!
I was lucky enough to have two parents (who subsequently both use CPAP machines) consistently reinforced to me how much better life is with being on a CPAP machine versus without being on one. Now, they started on them before all the 'bells and whistle' ones have come about. Technology is a sure blessing! It can only get better! However, they went through a lot of the frustrations with older technology of using CPAP machines (I am sure many of you can relate) and even with such discouragements along the way they still kept a positive attitude and were persistent.
Fast forward, as an adult come to find out I have sleep apnea. Now, I needed a CPAP machine and now I have one. It was such a long road to get one too. I had difficulties with playing the wait game with my VA medical insurance to provide me one. To the point in the end I never recieved one from them. Talk about discouragement! To make a long story short I ended up going through my husband's private insurance and finally I am elated to say I now have my CPAP machine that I was so desperately needing.
I wish I could say everything is just a bed of roses using a CPAP machine. However, that would be a bold face lie! Just like with anything there's annoyances sometimes big, sometimes small, sometimes consistently, and sometimes once in a blue moon sort of thing. Though, I remind myself of the bigger picture. I am first of all blessed to have a CPAP machine when a lot of people who need one can't get one because of finances, lack of insurance, ect. Secondly, I am blessed to start treatment here and now versus 20 years ago (or so) before technology really ironed out a lot of kinks with using a CPAP machine. Finally, setting aside all the bumps in the road with using a CPAP machine overall I am ensuring that by using the CPAP machine I am positively affecting my health and all benefits that stem from such.
My parent's are not around me 24/7, I have no friends who use a CPAP machine, my spouse doesn't use a CPAP machine, and my doctor's exotic, but beautiful accent is very hard for me to understand. However, at the end of the day no matter how much or how little support you have the best support comes from yourself. No matter what, being your own advocate by educating yourself about Sleep Apnea and your CPAP machine is the most reliable. Everything else at the end of the day is just details accompanying it.
If anything, the support I would like to leave to you all is that things can only get better from here! Persistence, optimism, time, and research can set you on a positive path for a better life just hang in there! Be your own advocate!
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