CPAP: Use It And Live - page 2

by Ruby Vee 12,513 Views | 38 Comments

i work in a cardiac intensive care unit; ccu and sicu together. as an icu nurse, iím well acquainted with the correlation between untreated sleep apnea and heart disease, stroke or sudden death. and i wish i had a dollar for... Read More


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    Quote from scstxrn
    i want you to know that because of your post and only because of your post, i am going to go unpack my darn cpap machine that has been living in the bag in which i moved it two weeks ago and set it up - and tonight when i go to bed i will strap the thing on.

    only because of you.

    thx
    i am so glad you're going to use it!! let me know how it goes. (feel free to pm me for moral support!)
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    I have been on my CPAP for 8 years now, every since my sleep study showed I stopped breathing an average of 88 times an hour. That is correct, 88 times an hour. I never realized that when you woke up from sleeping at night that you were suppose to feel refreshed, not crabby, nauseated and weak. I put that puppy on and haven't looked back. I love my CPAP and haven't gone a night without it since the first night it was delivered. I took to it like a duck to water. As for the noise? My darling hubby tells me it is a lot quieter than my snoring was!
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    After just being diagnosed with moderate positional sleep apnea (25 apneic/hypopnic episodes per hour) and saturation levels dropping to 74% two weeks ago, I faithfully use my CPAP every night. Although the first few nights were difficult (the nasal pillows were too large), I actually look forward to sleeping with it now. It isn't as uncomfortable as one thinks, as long as there are no leaks, the straps are adjusted correctly and the machine is functioning properly. With adequate weight loss, I'm sure this machine will go away with pounds lost.

    If you have patients under your care who are resistant to this using device, please have a respiratory therapist or consultant visit them for proper fitting and education about their disease; it may be the difference between life or death.
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    my husband( x 10 years) and I ( x 6 mos) both have c-pap machines--I used the 'nasal pillow' instead of a mask--the first thing we look at when we travel is---"where are the elec outlets?"--- we always carry an extension cord or 2 with us( we learned our lesson)--will be looking into the travel size with battery pack
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    Quote from pwp1289
    my husband( x 10 years) and i ( x 6 mos) both have c-pap machines--i used the 'nasal pillow' instead of a mask--the first thing we look at when we travel is---"where are the elec outlets?"--- we always carry an extension cord or 2 with us( we learned our lesson)--will be looking into the travel size with battery pack
    extension cords are a great idea. what else do you travel with?
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    You got me to thinking. I have a horrible sleep problem and I wake up with a sore throat from snoring. About two years ago I had a sleep study and the doctor told me that I was on the border of needing a CPAP. This story is a wake up call. I might reconsider getting one. Does it help you sleep better? Do you wake up less? I NEVER feel fully rested, ever.
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    I would always get very tired after work and my husband often found me asleep sitting at the kitchen table! ! NO more--I no longer have that great letdown in the afternoon--and I do wake up less. And now that I'm sleeping better so is my husband--as he no longer waits for me to start breathing again------ please go have a sleep study done, I should have listened to my husband sooner....
    cherryames1949 likes this.
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    Quote from diane227
    you got me to thinking. i have a horrible sleep problem and i wake up with a sore throat from snoring. about two years ago i had a sleep study and the doctor told me that i was on the border of needing a cpap. this story is a wake up call. i might reconsider getting one. does it help you sleep better? do you wake up less? i never feel fully rested, ever.
    please get another sleep study. i sleep much better with my cpap -- i don't wake up as often and i feel more rested. my husband sleeps better because he doesn't have to listen to me gasp and snort and wake up panicked because i can't breathe. go for us -- and let us know how you do!
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    My husband gasped and choked and kept me awake with his incredibly loud snoring for years. I convinced him to get tested, and we found he has major sleep apnea. He now has a nasal pillow CPAP. When the tubes get moved around a little, the noise is quite loud, but otherwise it is a soft whisper, and it sure beats the snoring and waiting for him to breathe again.

    By the way, Hubby had a heart attack a few years ago, when in his early forties. He has a large neck, and the ENT said his apnea is in the dangerous range (same as football players with 18 inch or wider necks who have issues with sleep apnea). I have to remind him to wear the CPAP constantly, but I am so glad he has it. He seems to have more energy during the day, too. In the past, he would fall asleep the moment he had a chance to be still for a moment (like one time when we were driving on the expressway). CPAP truly saves lives!
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    Well....ashamed to say...I have not been using my machine. Partly because of the flu I have had and the coughing at night is hugely annoying with the mask. But, it is getting better so I am going to start uing it again. And I am a RespiratoryTherapist so I know better. But it is very uncomfortable to use and I feel like I am suffocating sometimes. But....I have been able to keep it on most nights. Thanks for the great post and incentive to keep using it. No matter what.
    cherryames1949 likes this.


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