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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.  "
4 hours ago
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. "
5 hours ago
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
CPAP was a $2.3 billion business last year, is a household word for millions of Apneacs around the world, and deserves credit for saving the lives of countless souls.  But there Colin Sullivan was tonight, the inventor of CPAP scrounging around for an available seat and eating from the same walk-up buffet of fried chicken and jambalaya as the rest of us at a routine sub-committee meeting of the American Thoracic Society.  I wouldn't have noticed him otherwise, but my dinner companion pointed him out and I made my way over to introduce myself and thank him on behalf of myself and the entire CPAP patient community. "It's really an incredible device when you use it properly," I said.  

"Yes, it really is, isn't it?" Dr. Sullivan responded, graciously ducking out of taking credit for his invention, instead seeming to marvel with me over it as if it were something that had always had a life of its own.  Then I asked if it were alright to get a picture with him, which he happily agreed to.  I expected him to be okay with that.  What I did not expect was when he pulled out his own camera and asked if he could get a picture taken of the two of us with his camera.  It then occurred to me that as star-struck as I was with him, having introduced myself as the founder of a popular Sleep Apnea forum for patients, he had a little bit of the same regard for me.  For Dr. Sullivan, it is and always has been all about the patient.

In 1979, the only treatment for Sleep Apnea was a hole in the neck, which had quite a chilling effect on the number of people who self-identified as Sleep Apneacs. Dr. Sullivan tells the story of how since there were so few patients, he had to use himself, his lab partners and their wives as guinea pigs for his crazy new idea to use positive airway pressure to splint open the airway.  Once he had demonstrated that CPAP worked, more and more people stepped forward and advocated for themselves to get the machine.  It was the patients then, just as it is the patients now, he said, who were their own advocates for getting their doctors to prescribe CPAP, and for improvements to be made to CPAP to make it more comfortable to use.  He doesn't seem to give a hoot about medical protocol, procedure or propriety unless it is in the service of patients.  

I saw Dr. Sullivan's shoes.  They look more like something picked up off the rack at Sears than Ferragamos.  You would expect the man responsible for saving countless lives and bringing about a multi-billion dollar industry to be extravagantly wealthy.  He's not. The scuttlebutt at the dinner was that the folks who made millions commercializing Dr. Sullivan's invention didn't really share the wealth.  Dr. Sullivan isn't bitter, though.  Knowing that patients like me are living better lives than we otherwise would but for his existence seems to mean something to him.  And that might explain why he wanted that picture of himself with me at least as much as I did.

Colin Sullivan, inventor of CPAP and Mike Goldman, founder of SleepGuide.com Sleep Apnea Support Forum


Colin Sullivan gave a slide presentation at the dinner I mention above.  I took many pictures, many of them of never-before seen materials from the invention of CPAP






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Nice article. He seems like a very interesting man.
Awesome, Mike. I'm delighted that you could thank him on our behalf.
What a wonderful, humble man. I work with doctors, and they seldom are that humble. I, too, am a CPAP user. I was fortunate enough though to have an excellent physician that suspected the problem and ordered the test. I LOVE my CPAP, and don't even lie down for a nap without it being in use.
Thank you so much for sharing your humble insight into this wonderful man and his genuine concern for revealing not only the truth about an invisible death but creating the CPAP itself to overcome this unneccessary early death of so many. I have been on CPAP for 5 years and I am forever thankful and so blessed to have known this story. Dr Sullivan one of the truly good guys in this world.
Thanks, Mike. I only wish CPAP had provided for a comfortable retirement for the good doctor.
Wonderful man.I wish he could invent a mask that would fit my particular compromised anatomy. A custom made mask that would save a patient with a missing jaw bone from having a tracheostomy to breathe during sleep. I do well with cpap/bipap but not with the masks that are available.I have a closet full of unusable head gear and masks because I need a mask or headgear that does not depend on support from the lower jaw. It would save my life.
I have the same problem & I have found 2 masks that I can use. Puritan has one that goes over the head that fits very well. The other one is on this website www.cpappro.com . This is an Oral unit & I love it. Nothing touches your face except the nasal pillows against the nostrils.
I can not thank youenough for this post, Patricia, I will definately look into your reccomendations. At this point I am so desperate I will try anything.You may very well have saved my life.

Patricia Ann Shuff said:
I have the same problem & I have found 2 masks that I can use. Puritan has one that goes over the head that fits very well. The other one is on this website www.cpappro.com . This is an Oral unit & I love it. Nothing touches your face except the nasal pillows against the nostrils.
A picture of 2 heros in my book.
Absolutely fascinating, Mike!!! THANK YOU. And, jnk, THANKS for the link to that ASAA article too. Whatta guy that Dr Sullivan. AND, frankly, I'm hoping that Scott Reed DOES post his early information as well!!! It obviously took many from various walks of research and medicine before it all came together to the PAPs we have today. I'd be willing to bet that a meeting and conversation between Scott and Dr Sullivan would REALLY be fascinating discussing those early days!!!
Cool, thanks Mike and thanks to you Dr. Sullivan for giving us all hope and many help.

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