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At 5:21pm on May 21, 2009, thomas brigantino said…
I was glad to find this site and hope to get more info on Apnea. Karen it is a pleasure to meet you. THOMAS.
At 2:05am on February 14, 2009, Melodie said…
Here's wishing you a very happy Valentine's day too!!!!!! Have a great day and enjoy your birthday too!
Love ya,
At 10:15am on January 29, 2009, Melodie said…
Hi Karen,
Happy to become your friend and welcome to!!!!!!! You will love the site and interaction with the members - mainly through the Discussions Board. I normally post everything on Discussions as we can all benefit from other people's experiences or knowledge there.

My Kitty in my pic is just Duchess (not Duchess2), I had to name that pic and already had one pic w/her named Duchess - so I just made this one Duchess2 - LOLOL. I believe she is a blue point Himalayan - I adopted her, as she was a rescue and near death when she was rescued. It has taken a couple of years for her to trust and be loving, as she had been so mistreated. I am very patient and loving w/her, and also have a larger male (Nemo) who is my "protector" cat. He has literally saved my life prior to learning that I have central sleep apnea - as Nemo would wake me when I would stop breathing.......long story........

Your kitty is just fabulous!!!!!!!!!! I love her name too.

I will be posting on Discussions today, have been sick lately and not really able to post much.

Talk later and again "Welcome"!!!!!!!!!!
Melodie (Mel) Aultman-Morris

**You can just call me "Mel", most all my friends do**
At 10:38pm on January 5, 2009, Gerald Pointing said…
Hi Karen and welcome,

You just took the second best step in the right direction by signing on to these forum sites. The help you will get here you will get no where else. So just read and follow the direction you will receive fro these good people who have gone thru this before. There experience is priceless.
Good luck with your journey toward a restfull nights sleep.

At 6:03pm on January 5, 2009, sleepycarol said…
I am going to suggest a few things to start off and may add others as I think of them.

Check with your insurance company about which DMEs are preferred providers. Hopefully you will have a choice of more than one. Why is this important -- in some situations it can be a bargaining tool. My first thought is call the insurance company and inquire. Your doctor may want to fax your script to the DME. Tell him no thanks you want the script in hand and will deliver it yourself. The reason is that you are in charge here and not at the mercy of the doctor or the DME. Make sure you keep the original script and that the DME makes a copy for their records. Your script can be handy in case you need to switch DMEs, for travel purposes if flying, and you can order supplies at a reduced cost on line if necessary. Ask the doctor for the full scored report and not just the summary report. You may not understand it all -- but it is good to have in case you have questions you can post that information here and we can help you. You want the charts and graphs as well.

Tell the doctor that you want a fully data capable machine. If you can by all means get an apap. If you have an apap you can make adjustments to your therapy easier and cheaper since the doctor can help you self-titrate at home. An apap uses a range of pressures. You can start at a lower pressure and the machine will increase the pressure (up to the prescribed setting) in response to apneas. My pressure usually stays around 9 or 10 but has went up to as high as 15.

You will want a humidifier. Make sure it is heated. Many people actually prefer what is known as the Fischer and Paykel HC 150 stand alone humdifier. I have one (as well as the interegrated one with the machine). The 150 holds more water than the interegrated humidifiers and are easier to fill and clean. This is a matter of your personal choice.

Have the doctor specify on your script that a mask of YOUR choice. This will allow you to try various masks. Ask the DME about their return policy if you are unable to make one mask or the other to work.

Good luck.
At 7:59am on January 5, 2009, sleepycarol said…
Welcome to the forum Karen!!

How come you are not treating your sleep apnea?

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