(07-22-2012 02:06 AM)vsheline Wrote: Hi iTeachCpap,
Thanks very much for taking the time to post your advice.
I suspect iTeachCpap may choose not to answer you. He's most likely a hit-and-run poster who was only interested in a public demonstration of his "superior professional knowledge"... it seems that when egomaniacs get challenged and can't support their "superior" views with verifiable facts, they either 1)
disappear completely or 2)
reply with more "superior professional knowledge" baloney with no facts to back it up. I get emails all the time from these types of people - they want us to almost "worship" them simply because they've been "educated" and they (of course) know better than us lowly peons. And they never respond to try and "educate" us with real, solid advice like that for which you're asking, because (of course) we're too stupid to understand everything in their complicated and grown-up world.
There are two types of health care workers:
1. Those who are very knowledgeable and sincerely try to help others. We love for these types of good folk to participate on Apnea Board.
2. Those who are closed-minded egomaniacs who want others to worship their "superior knowledge". These types get no respect from me, and they will get no respect on Apnea Board.
Sorry for the cynical attitude, but I recently received yet another email this morning from a "health care professional" who scolded me for "allowing patients to have access to the clinician setup modes", (claiming that I'm ruining everyone's health by the very existence of our website).
I dunno... maybe my bad attitude is because I haven't had any coffee yet today.
In any case, welcome to the forum, vsheline
Okay, now to address iTeachCpap
: Here's your cue to come back, act like a "victim" and post some type up some sort of "false shock" that you've been challenged in such a direct manner. (and all the while, still not giving any proof of your assertions)
Here is iTeachCpap's original post:
Quote:As a CPAP therapist, I would like to clarify a previous post on here. It is not illegal if you change your pressure. We won't stop taking care of you. If you change your pressure and it's too low or too high and something happens to you, the company that cares for you can be sued. Also, if you bump it up too high, it can cause what sleep techs call, centrals. If it is too low, it won't do you any good. If you still want to change it, talk to your doctor so that the change is documented somewhere. Be smart about it. This machine is strictly for your benefit.
Please note the key phrases used by this person to indicate superiority:
They start off telling us that we need to be corrected (like a parent correcting a child):
Quote:As a CPAP therapist, I would like to clarify a previous post on here
They state the obvious to make it sound like they are "reasonable":
Quote:It is not illegal if you change your pressure.
They use the royal "we" indicating that "they" are part an "elite group" that is similar to them saying that "they" (as an adult) will still take care of "you" (the child):
Quote:We won't stop taking care of you.
They make a completely stupid and erroneous statement, that "sounds" like it's an established fact, when in fact, it's not
Quote:If you change your pressure and it's too low or too high and something happens to you, the company that cares for you can be sued.
The make further "professional-sounding" assertions, but offer no proof for them:
Quote:Also, if you bump it up too high, it can cause what sleep techs call, centrals
They then tell you that you are not "smart" unless you talk to someone who is (obviously) smarter than you (doctor). They assume, yet again, that you can never be "as smart" as a health care "professional":
Quote:If you still want to change it, talk to your doctor so that the change is documented somewhere. Be smart about it.
They (yet again) close by making another obvious statement in order to make them sound "reasonable":
Quote:This machine is strictly for your benefit.
Again, I'm not discounting that folks should consult with and strongly consider the advice that doctors and other health care professionals give us. We should all be open to the advice that trained people have to offer us. What I'm against is the ATTITUDE of a handful of "professionals" who talk down to us with an air of superiority and scold us for wanting to become as "educated" as the professionals are in these areas.
Again, just my personal opinion, of course.