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ZolliStar posted a discussion
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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
Clueless in Redwood Shores replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"I had it on the same outpatient basis.  Much pain, no long term gain.  I did not have the annual repetition - that might or might not have made the difference. "
Apr 20
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13

How many of you have actually talked to a Sleep Technologist?

I am not talking about the night of your study either. Forums do not count. I mean a face to face conversation with an educated Sleep Technologist about sleep.

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Never. Not me.
Well, even on my very first sleep study back in 1994, I got a good education from the tech who was hooking me up and I've observed that happening with techs at other labs. But given the way we're hooked up, that might not count as "face to face"!

Luckily I've had the privilege of doing this numerous times with sleep techs I've known whether it be at AWAKE meetings or after.

I've been privileged to be active in the field of sleep apnea awareness for a long time and know a fair number of sleep technologists - I even took a week long course on becoming a sleep tech back in 2003. As you may know, I now represent the "public" as one of the directors for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

What I find to be more rare than talking to the sleep tech is the folks who have ever had an opportunity to talk to a sleep physician!
Dave, what our the requirements to become a certified sleep physician? It is nice to see a representative of the BRPT here.

Dave Hargett said:
Well, even on my very first sleep study back in 1994, I got a good education from the tech who was hooking me up and I've observed that happening with techs at other labs. But given the way we're hooked up, that might not count as "face to face"!

Luckily I've had the privilege of doing this numerous times with sleep techs I've known whether it be at AWAKE meetings or after.

I've been privileged to be active in the field of sleep apnea awareness for a long time and know a fair number of sleep technologists - I even took a week long course on becoming a sleep tech back in 2003. As you may know, I now represent the "public" as one of the directors for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

What I find to be more rare than talking to the sleep tech is the folks who have ever had an opportunity to talk to a sleep physician!
I haven't -- but hey we have you Rock!!
uh, every day and night.... i am a sleep tech... RPSGT.
Never... and not even the DR. in two years.
I have several times. Since I am in the business, I enjoy talking shop with any person who is in the Sleep Medicine industry.
I attend conferences and meetings every chance I get to learn more.I call and discuss issues with professionals in the sleep medicine field and I have joined the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as well as the National Sleep Foundation and the Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine. I also receive several publications related to the field and read as many articles written by experts as I can.
I have met some sleep Techs face to face who were very dedicated to the field and some who just go through the motions. I feel there is much growth to be made in the field for understanding the entire picture. I am talking to the Sleep Doctors, the Sleep Labs, the DMEs, and the manufacturers of the equipment, and then of course the patients who are trying to get the best health care for their sleep apnea and related conditions. This field is booming and the laws regarding the diagnosis and treatment are always changing. There are challenges behind the scenes that the patients are not aware of, and of course we know there are issues that the patients face that the professionals are just beginning to address.
This field has far to go before it is really working well on all fronts.

Karen
The guy that runs the local hospital sleep lab came and spoke at the last AWAKE meeting....and answered a bunch of questions....
Rock, in the ideal world, when, how often and under what circumstances would we patients speak to a Sleep Technologist?
The only person I talked too is my doctor ,who is also a lung specialist.To tell you the truth I think this is taking them by storm and they need more studies.
That is a good question Mike. One that I can't answer. A better question would be why isn't there more of a dialogue between the RPSGT and the sleep patient. It seems to me that the majority of the sleep knowledge is locked away in the lab from 7pm to 7am. In my opinion the RPSGT holds about 60% of the sleep knowledge with the physicians holding the rest. If the patient is denied access to the sleep doc or tech then who is educating them?
well geeh ummm I guess so since I hand with my fellow sleep techs at meetings and stuff. But I can tell you it does not matter where I am I always end up talking about sleep. I love to help people

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