Thanks, idamtnboy, for your Coping with Change article! As a psychiatric nurse, I am so very familiar with Kubler-
Ross, but love how you applied these concepts to Sleep Apnea.
I was diagnosed with OSA in 2005, and was briefly an active member of this message board. Then, after losing quite a bit of weight, it appeared that the issue had resolved, and I stopped using my machine. For several years now, though, my fibromyalgia pain has increased to a significant level, and my blood pressure has begun to rise. I started awakening myself with my snoring, and my husband kept stating "It's really not so bad. Don't worry about it. It's no problem." Guess what? It WAS a problem. I feel awful, and finally broke down and had a new sleep study done. Although classified as Mild for most of the night, during REM sleep, my apnea events climb to 27/hr, and my O2 Saturation in my blood drops to 83%. No wonder I feel awful and everything hurts. I'm struggling to breathe all night.
So, here I go again. Titration study tomorrow night, and the emotional acceptance issues of getting "re-attached" are facing me again. This time, however, I know that I am going to feel much, much better once I get started, and I know which mask to pick first, since I've been though it all before.
I'm thrilled to still have the support of this Message Board, as well, since no-one except another C-PAPer can understand fully what is involved and what we need to consider.
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Good promises to feed the sparrows, but He doesn't drop the worms in their nests.