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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.  "
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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. "
Sunday
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Glad to hear it's working, Richard."
Apr 11
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"The chin strap is helping. Been having better sleep. Thanks Ginny and Mary for your help"
Apr 11
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Thanks, Mary~  Fingers are crossed.  My pressure is one point lower than when I began (7) and AHI is some lower (7 day average).  I am anxious about sleep study as I have not slept without CPAP in 2.5 years!   "
Apr 6
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Good job, Ginny Hope the sleep study shows some good results."
Apr 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Last procedure done!  This time he gave me meds to take before so less anxiety while waiting!  For the first time I was able to eat normal food on the way home after the procedure.  No pain after 12 hours.  If it only works.…"
Apr 5
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Some folks run their humidifiers in passover mode- not turning on the heat just letting the air blow over the water.  That would not give any heat though. "
Apr 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Interesting, I actually feel a little better when I don't use the humidifier, but the humidifier helps with sinuses. The cold air stuff's me up. Gonna try running heat and a nasal spray"
Apr 4
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Good luck with it- let us know how you do, Richard."
Apr 4
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I just picked up a new chin strap and will use it with my ultra mirage."
Apr 4
richard graham posted a discussion

nasal sprays

Just wanting some suggestions for some good nasal sprays to dry up sinusus. Thank you
Apr 3
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Thanks Mary"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I have both.  I use the chin strap with my Wisp and I also have a FFM if I choose to use that one. I'm a mouth breather.  I find nasal masks are easier to fit without leaks"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Nasacort is now available without a prescription.  I personally use Afrin on the rare nights I need it for being stuffed up."
Apr 3
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Mary, do you recommend a good nasal spray?"
Apr 2
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Wondering if mouth breathers do better with FFM"
Apr 2
richard graham posted a discussion

mouth breathing

I'm a mouth breather, and am wondering weather to get a chin strap or affm
Apr 2
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I've been thinking about trying a nasal spray. Thanks that's useful info."
Apr 2

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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