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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.  "
14 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. "
16 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
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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
birdshell and Sonia S. are now friends
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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Someone I care about may have Sleep Apnea, I have Sleep Apnea, Someone I care about has Sleep Apnea
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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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