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Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Jul 28
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Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I've been doing well.  I think you were going to try the cpap without humidity- did that help at all?  I haven't had a cold for a couple of years."
May 14
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"CPAP seems to cause stuffiness in many of us.  ANother reason I hate it so much!Do you rinse your nose with saline once a day…maybe before you go to bed for the night? "
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do wake up stuffed up most days"
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do have non allergic rhinitis. Now I'm thinking that's probably it because I only feel that way for a day or 2. Thank you"
May 4
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I have been lucky.  Not one cold past three years. Could some of your problem be allergies?"
May 4
richard graham posted a discussion

sick again

It seems like I am sick with colds more often when I'm on the CPAP. Anybody experience that.
Apr 30
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
Apr 20

So many times when we are worn out and tired we miss subtle changes in our surroundings.  It is hard to focus on the day to day mundane stuff we should be paying attention to, but don't have the energy.

 

My second son is 32.  He was diagnosed with ADHD (more the hyperactive state) when he was three.  Instead of medication, I elected to do diet and behavior modification with him.  It was a lot of hard work, but one that has benefit him into adulthood.  He puts in long hours and is constantly on the go.  He seldom can set through even a movie without moving about some (often when him and his wife go to the movies at some point he will be in the lobby walking some).

 

Wednesday while he was at work, he was involved in an accident.  Without his alertness and hard hard, doctors have said we probably would be having a funeral.  He works on heavy equipment as a tire guy.  He has went to school and can work on the largest tires that they make.  This means that he is in a dangerous profession of sorts.  Tires can blow and equipment fail. 

 

While trying to block a front end loader after he had jacked it up, the jack failed and he was able start rolling out of the way, but the loader came down on his hard hat dislodging and shifting it.  Thankfully he is okay, minus an ear.  Most of his right ear was cut off, he has major swelling above that ear, swelling on the left cheek, one arm is swollen, along with his upper back.  His eyes are blacken somewhat.  A CT scan was done and it showed bruising on the inside of his head. 

 

No he doesn't have sleep apnea (at least that we are aware of) but without the alertness that he has he probably would have been toast. 

 

My oldest son probably should have sleep study done as he has some sleep related issues -- I wonder if we can convince him now?  I hope so.  We have been talking to him for months now and he has always balked at the idea.

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Good luck Carol. If there is anything that I can do to help please let me know.
I.m so sorry to hear of your sons accident. His injuries sound serious enough, bruising on the inside of the head is potentially a real problem. I'm glad he was so alert and quick to get out of the way.

Maybe you can turn this into a way to get the oldest son in for a sleep study.

I hope the younger son heals up quickly and that they were able to get his ear back together.

You have our support.
His ear is healing, at least what is left of it. I have told him it adds to his character. :) Unfortunately the ear was too mangled to reattach. Better that it was his ear instead of his skull. Even in tragedy, you need to look at the positive aspect of things. Death is far worse (for his two young children) than losing his ear, so we are counting our blessings.
siblings are better at convincing to do things you should do and are better at it than parents
There's not story he could tell about that ear that would beat the truth. He tangled witha front end loader and survived. What a day for such a blessing as today, Mother's Day.
Mary Z.

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