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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…"
8 hours ago
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.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee 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
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
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birdshell replied to mary folse's discussion Kicked out of the room?
"I put my machine as low to the floor as I can, but I use a 15(?) quart plastic storage bin turned upside down as a "table" for it.  When I had cats, I could turn the bin over, put all equipment into the bin, and seal it for the…"
May 10, 2012
birdshell replied to Mike's discussion CPAP Sinus Infection?
"  Maureen:   I wrote that post and feel that you missed the main idea:  what and how should we effectively clean our equipment?      I was saying that I have been told something different about cleaning by each of…"
Apr 11, 2011
birdshell replied to Mike Burns's discussion The best way to clean and dry you cpap tubing, mask . And has ant body use or seen the Hurrcane dryer?
"Not ANOTHER cleaning thread!  EVERY apnea forum has a plethora of these discussions.  There seems to be no clear gold standard for cleaning.   I've been told many methods, from dishwashing detergent and hot tap water, various…"
Apr 10, 2011
birdshell replied to Victoria Castro's discussion Provigil vs Nuvigil
"I take Provigil.  It helps me sometimes, but I think if I am really tired that it doesn't always help.  I can definitely nap if I am tired, despite taking it twice a day.   That said, we are all different.  I believe in…"
Feb 11, 2011
birdshell replied to Mike's discussion Not Enough Sleep Techs? AASM Thinks So
"j n k, I think you left out something...   Docs do not want techs working for them who actually know more than the doc...and it is my assertion, from having talked to a lot of techs and patients,  that many, many techs know more about such…"
Jan 19, 2011
birdshell replied to Darillyn Patterson's discussion STOPPING FACE MASK LEAKING
"Some of the older masks did have such a center strap.   I still wonder why we can get custom fitted ski boots, but not a custom fitted mask?  Someone in Africa or something had a short time doing so, but I never heard much about their…"
Dec 9, 2010
birdshell replied to Darillyn Patterson's discussion STOPPING FACE MASK LEAKING
"I taped my mouth for a few years, but had another sleep study and...guess what? I needed a higher pressure. Getting to that pressure meant that I kept my mouth closed..some would say, for once! ;) If you are unable to adjust the mask properly, I…"
Dec 9, 2010
birdshell replied to Mike's discussion Love CPAP, Need Help Keeping Mask On
"How come in the discussion of face marks from straps, no one has suggested Pad-a-Cheeks? The owner will work with you to get the best outcome, as well. www.padacheek.com She also has a great knowledge of various masks from having tried them in…"
Nov 2, 2010
birdshell replied to Mike's discussion American Heart Association Gives OSA Patients the Finger
"Using that logic, any number of conditions (besides cardiovascular ones) should not be treated because they are partially caused by obesity, such as Type II diabetes, joints with osteoarthritis, gall bladder removal, high blood pressure, and…"
Sep 8, 2010
birdshell replied to Mike's discussion American Heart Association Gives OSA Patients the Finger
"OK, Mike, I see your point! "
Sep 3, 2010
birdshell replied to Mike's discussion American Heart Association Gives OSA Patients the Finger
"HEY, I read the funny e-mails! HAH, I'm heading north tomorrow... "
Sep 2, 2010
birdshell replied to Mike's discussion American Heart Association Gives OSA Patients the Finger
"I have to comment! I ran Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) activities/fundraisers in my classes for years. (For more information: http://www.aahperd.org/jump/ and http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2360 This is a good condensation of…"
Sep 2, 2010
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Feb 27, 2010
Kathleen left a comment for birdshell
"Ah, yes, the Good 'Ol Days, ha ha btw, I still have Senator Levin's picture taped up. I think he's retiring? Are you still on cpaptalk? I haven't been there in years! And how much snow are YOU getting, ha ha. Oh, my goodness,…"
Feb 25, 2010
birdshell left a comment for Kathleen
"Seems like old times!"
Feb 25, 2010
birdshell and Kathleen are now friends
Feb 25, 2010

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Auto-Adjusting CPAP
If Machine Being Used, What Type? (e.g., Respironics M Series with A-Flex Auto-Adjusting CPAP)
ResMed Vantage Auto-Adjusting CPAP with H3i Humidifier
If Mask Being Used, What Type? (e.g., ResMed Activa Nasal Mask)
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At 10:48pm on February 25, 2010, Kathleen said…
Ah, yes, the Good 'Ol Days, ha ha
btw, I still have Senator Levin's picture taped up. I think he's retiring? Are you still on cpaptalk? I haven't been there in years!
And how much snow are YOU getting, ha ha. Oh, my goodness, you'd think He would spread it out some, rather than dumping it all at once, ha ha.
Hope you are doing well - you sound like it. Good job, ha ha.
Don't you think 'my' roller coaster avatar is well-suited to sleep apnea?
Take care now.
Kathleen


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At 4:57pm on January 12, 2010, 99 said…
hi birdshell a belated welcome
At 8:34am on October 2, 2009, Lala said…
Hi! What the heck is that a photo of?
At 9:31pm on October 1, 2009, sleepycarol said…
Welcome to the forum.

Here you will find caring patients and professionals that care about your health. Sleep apnea can be deadly and with the help and support of this group, I have been able to be 100% compliant and improve my health.

Please feel free to join in the discussions, add a discussion, or just lurk. We are glad you are here.
 
 
 

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