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Good luck to you with getting your CPAP therapy started again.
justMongo,Thank you very much for the response. Please excuse me if I repeat myself or sound ill-informed as to the correct terminology. I had a full on sleep study in Oregon in 2011 and that data indicates I have a 37.2 AHI.
Skip forward = It wasn't until oh, late 2014 or so that I pulled out the sleep study paper work and really went through it line for line. That's when I noticed a glaring sentence: "The patient will be contacted with an eye towards a return to the sleep lab for CPAP titration". That never happened.
What do you mean when you say I should wait until I get 5 posts before scanning my sleep data? I don't know how this forum works yet. Do you mean I should wait until I post 5 times or until I get 5 replies?
Thank you. I'm really struggling right now and I know that using my cpap will help me.
Paula02, thank you for the reply. Please excuse my questions and lack of terminology= i'm literally getting 4 to 5 hours a night of bad sleep right now. My AHI is 37.1 and I quote from my sleep study data:
"this patient has sleep apnea which appears to be obstructive in nature and severe. There is a mild positional component, but even in the non-supine position he had significant sleep apnea."
For what it's worth and for explanation, I no longer have the good health care I had when I lived in Oregon. Here in California I now have what I can only call free ghetto health care and I'm doing all I can to push buttons and grease the squeaky wheel. I can't seem to impress them how affected my life is by lack of good sleep!
Question: are you saying I should ask my health-clinic-nurse practitioner to get a hold of my former HMO [Providence Health System] in Oregon and have them send data? So that I can use that data as a starting point to calibrate my donated, replacement CPAP? I think that's what you're saying. Can I request that data myself?
My next appointment is Sept 9th. I'll ask [strongly but nicely] if my nurse practitioner can write me a prescription for an APAP [or do I need a "real Doctor" to do that?] I'm guessing [pessimistically.....i'm tired] that it would take a new sleep study for this particular free health care system to lay down the bucks for a new APAP......and I've been waiting and waiting to find out if I qualify. Yikes. My head is spinning in circles.
If I could figure this out without a sleep study that would be great!! Whatever it takes. If I don't need a sleep study, so be it. I just want to sleep
08-24-2016, 10:26 PM
(This post was last modified: 08-24-2016, 10:26 PM by KSMatthew.)
A sleep lab will titrate by raising pressure until they find the best setting. You can do the same while you wait for your appointment. I think the settings range from 4-20? You can start low and work your way up. Your old machine was never set? So it might have been 4. Was it doing any good? I not, maybe try 7 and give it a couple nights.
The 5-post thing: Once you have 5 posts, you can include images and scans.
Icyura 10, thank you for the reply.
I'm going to take a deep breath and wait until my next health clinic appointment on Sept 9th. I'm getting maybe 4 to 5 hours of lousy, no cpap sleep right now and it makes very impatient. I'll cross my fingers that something good will happen.
Thanks again and I'll keep this link
for possible future use.
KSMathew, thanks for the reply. This forum is really, really helpful.
Yes you are correct: my original machine was never titrated. My donated replacement machine awaits use.
Now that I'm up to speed on the fact that taking control of my machine isn't going to bring homeland security knocking at my door or cause me major health problems, I'm willing to do some experimentation while I wait for my Sept 9th appt.
I'm a bit of a computer dinosaur. Once I figure out "justMongo's" instructions on how to get my sleep study results visible for you all to see, I'll get right on that [I think I'm now past the 5 post rule]. I'll ask justMongo to clarify in absolute, kindergarten layman's terms how I do that [even my sister who is much better with computers was scratching her head].