I've been going through the denial phase recently - thinking maybe the doctor confused my results with someone else's, or maybe some miraculous new procedure will become available soon to make the condition go away. It will take time to deal with the change, and I'm just trying to stress less about it and think more positively about the benefits that treatment will bring after years of fatigue. This PDF helped put things in perspective.
idamtnboy wrote:In response to the discussion in the thread about an unsupportive spouse I felt prompted to revise a write up I have concerning dealing with change. We encounter changes of all sorts through life, including the one when we received the diagnosis of sleep apnea. How we respond is almost always the same, albeit in different degrees and intensity. The emotional phases we go through are shock, denial, depression, and acceptance.
The information I share is derived from a work seminar on the subject and my own experiences of life. I trust it will be of benefit to some.
Coping with Change for CPAP Patients