bearded_two wrote:I was very happy to have had my problem diagnosed and to be able treat it. I was unhappy finding out that I had to use such a piece of equipment for the rest of my life; it was like a sense of loss of my independence. I felt several phases of adjustment, including denial, anger, acceptance, and adaptation.
Bill, your feelings are legitimate. All of us come to this thing from different places and with different reactions. I felt so horrible and so literally believed that I was dying, that I never experienced denial or anger as bearded mentioned. I actually could not wait
to put on that mask and feel the rush of air into my nose, as if it really was bringing my life back. And it has.
So no matter what disappointment or anger or negativity you naturally feel now, it will be important for you to work on your attitude and get your thoughts into a constructive direction (the adaptation and acceptance mode). You will find tons of suggestions here about how to incorporate this device into your lifestyle so that you don't have to feel like this is the end of anything, but truly an enhancement to your life. And by the way, I am well aware of how Pollyanna this probably sounds to you right now. But attitude is everything, and if you can start some positive self-talk about this rather than dwelling on the negatives, you will
I have said this many times, I guess, but I approached the whole thing with curiosity and as a nightly experiment. Couldn't wait to get to bed to try different equipment, different pillows, different settings, etc. That approach made the trials of it all relatively painless. And I just don't give a thought to it anymore. I did not let it interfere with my love for travel; and I'm sure you see here that many folks frequently ask about how to make it work even while camping. Just to say, if you look at it from the point of view of acceptance rather than dread or resentment, you'll be far and away ahead of the game. And able to enjoy some peace with it due to your newfound energy & health.