There's some cognitive dissonance there. I see posts here from people who've just been diagnosed and feel the same way that you do. I felt the same way you do when I was diagnosed last winter.
You can put the waiting time to good use, though, by learning some about CPAP machines and masks. I didn't find this forum until a couple of months after I got my CPAP machine. I wish that I had found it beforehand.
I have a plain CPAP machine, but if I'd known beforehand, I would have asked the sleep doctor if I could have an auto-adjusting CPAP (APAP). At least the equipment supplier (DME) did give me a data-capable CPAP.
Some people take to CPAP like a duck to water, and then there are those of us who are committed to using it, but have one problem after another adjusting to the pressure and to having a mask on our face. This forum is terrific for helping to solve problems with getting everything just right with your mask and your machine settings.
The SleepyHead software (link at the top of the page) is great for analyzing your CPAP usage data.
Welcome to the Apnea Board.
(03-15-2016, 12:23 AM)Midniterider Wrote: Hello. I took a home test last week and my nurse called to tell me I was diagnosed with "severe sleep apnea" and that sooner rather than later I needed to make an appointment with the lab for a follow-up test and fitting for a mask. They said the doc put an "ASAP" note on the file for the lab. But wouldn't you know it's going to take 2 weeks before I can get in! I can't believe these labs must be that busy but I guess they are.
Anyway the "severe" and "ASAP" stuff, along with all of the morbid warnings on the internet have me slightly freaked out.
I suppose if it was bad enough they'd have me in right away and I suppose 2 more weeks after what might be years of apnea issues isn't a big deal.
I've heard some great stories from a growing list of people I know who use the CPAP machines so I'm eager and excited to get to work!
I hope things go well in the meantime and I look forward to using the site.