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richard graham posted a status
"I feel like the humidifier is making me feel yucky and I'm waking up hacking and having to clear my throat a lot for a while."
Nov 3
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
Sep 29
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
Sep 29
Oscar Lemus updated their profile
Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Just found they have a Facebook for the REMedy event, 1st Class Sleep REMedy Wellness Health Fair."
Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Reminder: REMedy event is this Saturday, 10 am to 2pm.  Topics include: Nutrition and Weight Management with Sarah Kelly, Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea with Drs. Rena Vakay & Lara…"
Sep 25
Kay Day left a comment for Kay Day
"September 1, 2014 My apologies to Sleep Guide for not participating in a long time. In January 2012 I started classes at the local community college (my husband is an instructor there, and my tuition is refunded when my grades are above a C. My…"
Sep 1
Mary Z posted a discussion

Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea/osteoporosis study finds “increased” health riskA recently published study may have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and osteoporosis, marking yet another health…See More
Aug 23
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. More
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion
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

60 days without a cigarette!

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well done

it takes seven years to say you have completely kicked the habit

well done 

Everyone I know who quit reported that they quit for good once they passed the 60-day mark.Well, you passed it. YOU'VE QUIT FOR GOOD! 

As for the risk of gaining weight?  I'll simply refer you back to the YouTube that you posted a while ago (and which I've sent around to all my friends):


Great news, Rock.  Please keep it up.

Kudos, Rock!!!! I'm so proud of you! My first attempt to quit smoking I made it just about 90 days. In that 3 months I gained 20 pounds so I went back to smoking. (Hey, we all make our own choices and have our own priorities).


So - voice of experience: watch your weight closely, don't make excuses for an extra pound or two. Exercise, watch your diet carefully especially portions, eat healthy, be especially wary of sweets of any kind (your brain is trying to replace the nicotine w/sugar), diet sodas increase your appetite.

Where have you been Judy?!


Ive gained 3ilbs in 60 days.


3 lbs in 60 days??? Wow! Good on you, Rock. That is not easy! I'm pruod of you, my man!

HoKay, Rock. FINALLY after all this time I am using my VPAP Auto in Spontaneous mode w/smooth, easy transitions from IPAP to EPAP, I'm at IPAP 14, EPAP 10 and I'm fairly consistently getting 0 AIs and low HIs for consistently under 3 AHIs. Whew! Took some doing, a few temper tantrums, much that I learned from you and lots of time w/one change at a time, one week at a time, BUT I finally made it!


I've been into my genealogy again pretty hot and heavy, and visiting the healingwell Crohn's disease forum w/occasional visits here, at apnea support and at cpaptalk. I don't always post when I visit anymore but I do still peek in on occasion.


I'm doing really well w/the A fib. No A fib episodes since the 3rd day of Rythmol last year. Just recently finished a 21 day event monitor which substantiated my claims of no A fib. Tried to talk the cardiologist into backing off to the "pill in the pocket" approach but he wasn't buying into it - yet. He says it is too soon.


In August another 21 day event monitor and if no events he'll consider stopping the warfarin. Then, MAYBE, 6 months after that we can talk about the "pill in the pocket" approach. My guess is he figgers the COPD will eventually cause more A fib even w/the current low doses of Toprol and Rythmol. But I didn't ask and he didn't tell. *wicked grin*


Sometimes ignorance is bliss and this leaves me something to "bug" him about instead of just obediently going along w/what he suggests w/o a little bit of reisistance at least to keep things from going too smoothly for him. Gotta keep these docs awake and on their toes, you know.


congrats, Rock.  What an accomplishment!  you deserve to feel very proud of yourself.  keep it up.  

there's a commercial here in the NYC area about lung cancer/ quitting smoking.  it talks about how hard it is to hear your doctor tell you you've got cancer.  hard on you, but the commercial's kicker is how hard it would be to tell your kids that you're dying of cancer.

Excellent!  Good for you!  If you ever have or even THINK you're going to have a moment of weakness, take a small shot of Tabasco sauce and put it between your lower lip and your gum.  After 20 years of trying to quit, that one little trick FINALLY got me over the hump.  I STILL carry a bottle in my purse to this day!  It is simply amazing how fast your your desires for a cig can change when your mouth is on fire and you've got tears rolling down your face... It works!

Great news Rock!!!

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