Hi All, my name is Steve and I've known I've had sleep apnea for at least 20 years. Early on my HMO assigned PCP didn't really believe in sleep apnea, and thought my "issues" were all blood sugar related. I kept asking for a sleep study, but he kept putting stumbling block after stumbling block in front of me to the point where I gave up. During the past 20 years I was more fit than not so the acuity was not as bad as it has been recently. My wife and mom made me promise that I'd get a sleep test before spring. After my insurance company denied a Rx for NuVigil, I knew I was out of excuses...and to be honest, I was happy to be out of excuses. The sleep test was a little weird, but I can sleep through just about anything so... I'm a full time psychotherapist and I'm generally not an anxious person, BUT the first time I put the mask on I kinda freaked and tore it off. The tech wasn't pleased, but he saw I was anxious and he worked with me. It took all my psycho-babble "self-talk" to stay with the mask the 2nd time. Once my adrenaline subsided, it wasn't really all that bad...and I drifted off to sleep.
Last night was my first night at home with the CPAP and the mask. Again I had to do a little self-talk to get through the initial "out-of-control" feeling that goes with putting the mask on, but I was able to remember what worked and it took less than a minute. After that, it was all good. I'm in my mid 40's and overweight. The mask isn't an option for me, if I'm going to live it wouldn't matter if I had to staple it on at night, it's got to happen. I'm already back at the gym, which once I get back into the swing of things, generally last for years. I'm very hopeful and I'm excited about what the CPAP machone can do for me. I've already seen what my sleep apnea has taken away and it's very clear what else is next to be taken. I know people have legitimate struggles with compliance, but as a Therapist, i also know there are those who with different diseases would kill for the prognosis a CPAP machine can bring for our disease. I view it as my lifeboat off the Titanic.
My question: I feel remarkably better today, but still have some sleepiness. Once compliance is achieved, how long till the sleepiness is gone?
please feel free to share your experience and provide any info or advice you think would be helpful for a newbies.
Thanx for letting me share, Best, Steve Z
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