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Post: #11
RE: First Appointment with Sleep Doctor
(06-26-2016 11:16 PM)bwexler Wrote:  I would get Sleepyhead software, load all my data and learn (with help here) to understand as much of the basic data as possible.
I would print out Sleepyhead reports and prepare a long list of questions, including a request for explanations of everything you don't understand and what can be done to improve your results in each area of concern.
I would hand a copy to the doctor as soon as he entered the room and let him know you expect answers before you leave.
Be prepared to take notes on the answer to each question and if he will allow it record the session.
You might say something like I am recording our session so I can review it until I understand all your recommendations so I won't need to call you repeatedly to repeat what you said.
I have a screen shot the Sleepyhead report "CPAP Statistics", but I apparently do not know how to attach it to this post. Where are those instructions? Also what else should I take to the sleep Dr.? Thanks again.
06-28-2016 03:18 PM
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Post: #12
RE: First Appointment with Sleep Doctor
(06-28-2016 03:18 PM)sautee Wrote:  
(06-26-2016 11:16 PM)bwexler Wrote:  I would get Sleepyhead software, load all my data and learn (with help here) to understand as much of the basic data as possible.
I would print out Sleepyhead reports and prepare a long list of questions, including a request for explanations of everything you don't understand and what can be done to improve your results in each area of concern.
I would hand a copy to the doctor as soon as he entered the room and let him know you expect answers before you leave.
Be prepared to take notes on the answer to each question and if he will allow it record the session.
You might say something like I am recording our session so I can review it until I understand all your recommendations so I won't need to call you repeatedly to repeat what you said.
I have a screen shot the Sleepyhead report "CPAP Statistics", but I apparently do not know how to attach it to this post. Where are those instructions? Also what else should I take to the sleep Dr.? Thanks again.
For info- my AHI is 11.2 (most recent), 9.32 (last week), 8.5 (last 30 days), and 9.12 overall. Something is wrong.....
06-28-2016 03:29 PM
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Post: #13
RE: First Appointment with Sleep Doctor
Welcome to the forum sautee! Can you post screenshots from Sleepyhead with your data (don't forget to 'white-out' your name or personal info). It will help the experienced CPAPer's to give you guidance on how to tune up your therapy.

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06-30-2016 07:05 PM
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Post: #14
RE: First Appointment with Sleep Doctor
She said she didn't know how to attach the screen shots. I've seen a link for some very nice instructions ... does somebody have that link available?
(This post was last modified: 07-01-2016 04:01 PM by BadGoodDeb.)
07-01-2016 04:01 PM
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Post: #15
RE: First Appointment with Sleep Doctor
(07-01-2016 04:01 PM)BadGoodDeb Wrote:  She said she didn't know how to attach the screen shots. I've seen a link for some very nice instructions ... does somebody have that link available?

Is this the one you are talking about? https://sleep.tnet.com/resources/sleepyhead/shscreenshot

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07-01-2016 05:40 PM
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Post: #16
RE: First Appointment with Sleep Doctor
Many thanks to each of you for your input. My appointment with the Sleep Dr. was surprising - in a good way. I took a list of questions, and he actually addressed them. One of my primary questions is regarding atrial fibrillation. I had requested the initial sleep study because other "causes" of my afib had been eliminated. I really didn't think I had sleep apnea - no snoring - but guess what!!!
The Dr. changed the setting on my CPAP to 4-20 cm APAP. It was a terrible night - not enough air at 4 and glued together mouth at 20 when I finally slept 3 hours in. I called and he changed back to CPAP @ 11cm, but my DME didn't make the change. Thanks to this forum, I have the manual and I made the change. Still a high "events per hour."
So - after the 4th festivities I will concentrate on getting the Sleepyhead information published. I need some serious help. I want this to work, and I am far away from a satisfactory CPAP experience. Which charts should I post???
Thanks again for all your help!I-love-Apnea-Board
07-02-2016 01:26 PM
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Post: #17
RE: First Appointment with Sleep Doctor
See Organize your SleepyHead Charts for what to post and the link above for how to take the screen shots. Start with three consecutive days.
07-02-2016 02:06 PM
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Post: #18
RE: First Appointment with Sleep Doctor
(07-02-2016 02:06 PM)chill Wrote:  See Organize your SleepyHead Charts for what to post and the link above for how to take the screen shots. Start with three consecutive days.

Thank you!
07-02-2016 02:31 PM
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Post: #19
RE: First Appointment with Sleep Doctor
Note that an "APAP setting of 4-20" should only go to 20 if your breathing indicates that you need it. 4 might have been too low to start at, though.

When you get a little bit more comfortable, and more time under your belt, you might be able to go to APAP with settings of, say, 9-13 (a little lower and higher than your current fixed setting of 11) and then read the charts to see if the machine *needed* to go to the 13 at any point. That's how you learn what settings your body actually needs. Then lather, rinse, repeat, with possibly wider settings.
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Post: #20
RE: First Appointment with Sleep Doctor
http://imgur.com/n2U6VUP
http://imgur.com/8HW4BPz
http://imgur.com/SasICZY

So this is NOT how to post the statistics, but imgur is not cooperating. I apologize. It looks like I really need help. On the plus side, I don't snore much.
Any observation would be appreciated.
Thanks so much.
07-05-2016 01:27 PM
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