A little back round as to why this has suddenly become critical to me. I have had one health problem after another since early adulthood. I seldom awake feeling refreshed even in my youth. I have been prescribed sinus surgery due to repeated sinus infections. Hashimoto's disease. Treatment for GERD. Psychiatric care and meds for depression. And on and on..... I recently remembered (quite clearly) being tested for narcolepsy in my early twenties. Of late with the help of this board it now seems ALL my problems can be related to OSA. I am not crazy. I AM sick and tired of being sick and tired! A couple of months ago after resisting for some years I accepted treatment for ADD/HD in the form of amphetamines. Was a miracle. I was better focused. Hopped out of bed ready to go. Then I collapsed. My best explanation is I was getting say 4 hrs of sleep but was now burning 8 hours of sleep energy and finally any reserves were used up and so I collapsed. I think it was retired guy who mentioned sleeping in a comfortable chair instaed of bed so wife bought me a superduper Lazyboy XR+ chair and I am doing better in it. Her too with me out of the BR
About three weeks prior to today I scheduled a preliminary visit with a sleep doctor a short drive from my home. This is scheduled for May 5, 2015. At the time that seemed way too long to wait.
Tuesday April 21, 2015:
My wife and I had a joint appointment with our GP Doc and at it's conclusion we were both diagnosed with code 327.23, Obstructive sleep apnea. I expressed my concern about what I read concerning the Alice in Wonderland like insanity that seems quite commonly experienced by others. Doc says he will order the sleep study and receive the results and he will be writing the Rx for treatment plan including a CPAP machine as appropriate. We leave with printed orders for sleep studies at local mega hospital and we drive to said hospital to book these studies in person ASAP.
Now it begins. I explain GP says to schedule study and here is printed order for sleep study. Lady at the desk says no sleep study. She rcalls Docs order for sleep study as "referral". They require a first visit with one of their sleep doctors. To schedule study w/o preliminary visit would be a liability for the sleep docs. Then will need cert from Cigna to schedule study. Then return visit for consult after sleep study. If sleep apnea is diagnosis then Rx will go to DME to order equipment. How long will all this take? Scheduling appts for JULY. Maybe see equipment in August. I say no way I can wait that long. Offers they have new off-the-plane doc from India and he can see me May 4 if that is acceptable. This is one day prior to already scheduled appointment. So I have asked GP office to get me in again ASAP or for Doc to call me and discuss this. As I type this Doc calls me ............... and says to call other sleep centers to see if I can get in sooner. He doesn't need someone else to decide if I need a sleep study. He is not pleased....
I simply cannot wait all this time and I am not one to sheep-like put my faith and wallet in the hands of the medical mafia. At this point I am going to purchase a used auto machine by whatever opportunity presents itself out of pocket for as little cash as possible and with the help of SleepyHead have a go at self doctoring myself. I will also continue the path of Apnea's Adventures in Insurance Wonderland and see where that leads just so I know and what wife can expect.
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