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Aventures in CPAP – part 2

Published April 29, 2012 - 9 Comments

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I never believed that I could actually sleep with something stuck to my face like this… but it’s really not as difficult as you would think.  Yup!  That’s me, posing before I tried to fall asleep the first night.

When you first put it on, it feels tight (notice my chubby cheeks getting pushed up) and as soon as you press the power button the pressure changes and it actually feels like it’s sucking air OUT rather than pushing it IN… I’ve been using it for a week now, and it still gives me that tiny little panic attack because you can’t breathe for a second.

People ask what it is that the mask actually does.  Well, it’s hooked up to the CPAP machine, which pushes a steady stream of air through the hose, ensuring that my air passage does not close while I’m asleep.  Next week I will take the machine back to the respiratory therapist to let her analyze the logs, and make any necessary adjustments.  This is a trial unit, and if I decide to order one, it will cost $2000.  Yes, that’s right..  $2000.  Thankfully Blue Cross covers 80% of that.  It’s still a pretty big chunk of change.

The big question is.. IS IT WORKING?  I still think that it’s still too early to tell.  I don’t have anyone to tell me whether or not I am still gasping for breath in my sleep, so I can’t answer it from that perspective.  Now whether I truly feel rested when I wake… It’s hard for me to say for sure.  It’s not like I have a normal sleep pattern to begin with, and I know that contributes to some of my sluggishness.  But I’m working on it!