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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.  "
Sunday
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

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):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo

CONGRATULATIONS!!

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.

attaboy!

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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