Who you calling mature and secure woman?
susan mccord said:Thanks, guys! My faith has been restored. There ARE some more mature, secure men out there!!!!
BTW, this issue (for me) has nothing to do with self esteem. I love my CPAP!, and would choose it over some guy ANY day!!!
I have to admit that in the beginning it was very embarrassing for me to wear my mask in front of my husband. He thought I was being kinda weird about that since we have been married for so long and seen each other in every which way. I think it was an idea I had about masks that I got from television. I only saw a mask on someone when they were dying in the hospital or were really old and infirm. I had no exposure at all to the CPAP experience, so no frame of reference at all. So it was me who had all the weird ideas that I needed to get over. I am being honest about this, I didn't put on my mask and dance all over the house relishing the idea that I was so fortunate as to be able to wear a plastic mask to bed each night. It was a struggle, it was hard, it was uncomfortable....but I wanted to live. So I learned to deal with it. It isn't the first thing I tell people I meet, in fact it does not come up in the conversation. It is something I use to stay alive and well. It is not who I am.
Now my husband has had a sleep study and uses a CPAP himself, he is very comfortable with his mask...and together we have purring machines side by side on the bed stand....and we are living happily ever after. :>D
Well I got my CPAP after being married for almost 30 years, so I was not out to impress anyone nor did my hubby turn up his nose at the thought of me wearing the system. We know it's a needed piece of medical equipment and that's all there is to it. We actually joke around about the vanity part of it and actually if you do it right, it can enhance your sexual intimacy! Now how's that for a twist on things?
I"ve brought up the idea of a calender in the lines of "cpap is sexy" and have pt's actually pose (clothed and in good taste) in their beds with their cpap devices and the proceeds going to charity...So far, none of the major players of cpap have opted to sign on.
I don't know what made me start to read this thread, but I did from begining to end. A number of things crossed my mind. We are all pretty lucky that the masks don't cover the eyes. The BEAUTY of one's soul is thru thier eyes. Just take one look at the women earlier in the newspaper article. Forget the mask and look at those eyes. They are beautiful. Now when you look at that picture again you will not see the mask first, you will see the beauty of here soul first. Try it!
Secondly, CPAP is becoming sexy, Look at (I Ibelieve it is the S9) new ResMed machine. No longer a block. They added curves and chrome. I bet that hoses and masks will start coming in colors, sexy ones at that, You will start to see models (male and females) in the ads. The clinical approach will get a lot softer. Get ready, they are going to start selling better sex in the morning after a good nights sleep. We are on the brink of a CPAP revolution. I can hear it now "Stay Safe and Enjoy"