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ZolliStar replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
"I'm wondering: what prompted you to consider whether you have sleep apnea in the first place? Also, waking throughout the night isn't uncommon especially as we (*sigh*) age.  I seem to every 90 minutes or so. This pattern probably…"
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ZolliStar replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"You can try this website:  http://zyppah.com/ I have a MAD (mandibular advancement device). Dr. Steven Park evaluated my mouth and throat (not everyone can use a MAD, it turns out) and pronounced me a candidate for it. The truth?  I…"
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Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"The link didn't work so me so I couldn't see the product.  I do have experience with a supposedly reliable boil and bite device.  I should know by now I have a small mouth and nothing regular size fits.  I don't think…"
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richard graham replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"If I thought something could work other than this lousy cpap that would be awesome"
May 22
richard graham posted a status
"I moved and have been sick a lot and can't use cpap because of cough and I'm depressed a lot"
Apr 26
Fred posted a discussion

CPAP - cure worse than the disease

It's ironic that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2000, I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night. If I did wake up during the night, I had no problem falling right back to sleep, and I wasn't tired during the day.From the first night I brought home the CPAP I haven't had one decent night's sleep. Not one. I don't have any problem falling asleep, but I can't stay asleep. At first I was waking up after 4-5 hours and couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now it's more like…See More
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ZolliStar posted a discussion

New mouth device on the market

I've been hearing advertising for this product over the past few days.  It's sold as something to help snoring, but as I look at the information it seems to me that it would work just as well as my mandibular advancement device (MAD).In other words, this could help some of us with sleep apnea.Read about it here.Anybody have any thoughts about this?  See More
Mar 31
99 replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"Hi Richard I mainly use an empty humidifier as it reduces noise"
Feb 16
richard graham left a comment for richard graham
"When I can afford it I'd like to get New machine with heated tube"
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richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"I would like to see this forum active again as well. I will be more aware of what's going on"
Feb 10
ZolliStar posted a discussion

If you have trouble falling asleep....

I thought that when I got my sleep apnea diagnosis, that -- at last! -- all my sleep problems had come to an end.Ha!I have trouble falling asleep. Indeed, I rarely feel sleepy at night although I do feel tired. I even cut back on computer at night, etc., etc. (and installed f.lux on my computer) but I still had trouble. Now I'm doing something different: wearing special glasses (Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear glasses). They block out the blue -- and they're making a difference! First I tried…See More
Feb 1
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"i have purchased some silver the make my own colloidal silver"
Dec 21, 2014
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"just add to the distilled water it is antimicrobial eg cleans your machine and is beneficial for keeping you healthy  from bugs germs viruses you get the picture and when you need to clean the humidifier out, put water on your plants the silver…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"If the heated tube works with your machine I would try that.  They also make covers for your tubing which may help some.  I think the heated tube may be your answer.  Keep us posted."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Richard, some folks just use the humidifier in a Passover mode.  They just don't turn it on, but let the air pick up moisture without heat."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"99, where have you been?  Do you add the colloidal silver to your humidifier?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"I Andy, I realize I'm months behind your post.  I have no idea why your S8 would stoop collecting data.  I'm glad to hear  you're having such improvement with your apnea.  I have made great strides since I changed…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?
"Andy, just found your post.  I don't know anything about this new machine.  How are you liking your new ResMed?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for Kay Day
"Kay, I haven't been around myself and miss the old, active forum."
Dec 21, 2014

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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