Now, 3 months later and no machine thanks to medical records glitch! Medicare requires "face to face" doctor visit wherein sleep study is initially ordered. Neither my internist nor my rheumy record shows "order" despite BOTH offices calling sleep center to make appointment for study. Sleep study technician was very open post-study, showed me the study, the results, and he impressed upon me how his ten years in lab combined with his own sleep apnea problems gave him the knowledge, the confidence, to tell me -- get CPAP ASAP! He even told me to come by the lab to try out masks.
A friend gifted me with a ResMed VPAP III ST last week. Her mom used it for a few months. I want to figure out how to use it, Medicare be damned, I don't want to wait any longer for DME saleswoman (who really doesn't seem to care about me).
Since this machine appears to be auto-format type, I'm going to 1) go to sleep lab for mask and tubing 2) follow set-up manual 3) begin CPAP ... I have an iMac, so I cannot download machine info but hopefully I can take machine to daughter's house for Windows download.
Is this a ridiculous idea? My doctors are an hour away, apps take weeks or months to make, I have pulmonologist appt early May so he can check compliance. I will call his office today and tell them my plans... I betcha' they have a hissy fit over the whole idea of me taking charge. What information am I lacking? Anyone have suggestions? I am exhausted. I don't sleep. I want to have real energy, not Provigil or caffeine type.
Thanks for listening.