RE: Giving up after 6 long weeks
LISTEN UP AND LISTEN GOOD..... you are about to make what is probably the biggest mistake of your entire life, as short as it may turn out to be.
Have mortgage insurance, life insurance, pension insurance, loved ones, kids that you would like to see married or through college, an enjoyable job, or a great hobby? You are kissing it all goodbye as what you are being told is absolutely correct. Untreated sleep apnea is LIFE THREATENING. No B.S. Also, the moment your GP or any MD knows that you are non-compliant they are obligated in Canada and in most states to have your drivers license and any other permits that require alertness terminated immediately under penalty of law. Own firearms? Kiss them goodbye, especially if you have a carry permit.
So here is the bottom line from someone that has been there and has the T shirt in spades, my friend. Untreated sleep apnea KILLS. It might be you, someone you love that's in a car with you or someone you don't even know when your car runs the red light and T bones them. I am not suggested.... I am telling you for fact. Further, let me tell you for FACT, that if you are driving with untreated diagnosed sleep apnea and T bone someone and kill them? It is called negligent homicide, a felony, and you will spend real time in jail.
I know this is a ton to digest and perhaps a ton to believe, but trust me, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
I can also tell you that this thing is a cakewalk to beat compared to loads of other afflictions. I have been THERE as well and am STILL there. And I am betting that my misery today started off with sleep apnea. I'd bet my bottom dollar on it. I am presently fighting Atrial Fibrillation, reduced lung function as a result of H1N1 and acute pneumonia circa 2009, diabetes, hypertension and on and on. All the result of OSA and a spiralling circle downwards. I am not even supposed to be here and kicking and a happy camper despite all the afflictions.... I spent three weeks with a tube rammed down my throat on TOTAL life support in a diaper in 2009. They asked my wife if they could unplug me. Get the picture? It took six months before I could simply roll over in bed on my own.
Today I am still battling afflictions but one that I am NOT battling is OSA. And to get a good night of sleep is a blessing and it takes me about 15 cmH2O pressure and massive exhalation pressure relief and 4L/M of pure oxygen infused into the air line in order to achieve that. The sleep doc's were great but it was ME, MYSELF and I that determined that 9 cmH2O pressure was insufficient and titrated myself to 15. It was ME (with some advice from friends on the forums) that determined that I needed a pulse oxymeter and thence 4L/M of O2 to keep my SpO2 above 90% and let me sleep and heal. It was me going through 50 different masks that determined that only a full face mask was going to let me move around at night, smoosh my face into the pillow and maintain a good seal and comfort.
I have loads of great advice for those that need it or want it based on solid personal experience and education.
And I would be pleased to spend an hour or a day on the phone with you to talk you through this thing. It is not a miracle overnight cure. No way. Nobody gets that. It is a struggle, but once you reach the top of the mountain you can take a long break, breath clean mountain air and rest easy. Your battle to correct OSA will be over.
There is just so damn much to know... so much information to collect to understand where you stand and what your issues are. It would make a great book, but a better telephone conversation.
In this nosebagger you have a friend and an ear. You have given up far too easily and the consequences, if you truly have OSA, are dire. They are at best life shortening and will reduce quality of life. And at worst they will kill you dead. As was said, "you will wake up... dead" and that's about how it works at the extreme. At the lesser end, it is going to cause other issues in your life before you realize it. Try battling Atrial Fibrillation or worse. Understand that your organs and brain are not being properly oxygenated at night and suffering the results of same... diabetes. Hypertension. Dimentia. Etc.
So, here's an offer that I hope you will take me up on. I bill out in the IT business at $150 an hour. I bill out in the Free OSA advice department at $0 an hour. I am sending you my phone number and hope that you will take a moment and call me. I can't promise to be able to speak when you call but I do promise to call you back and spend an hour on the phone with you. The only thing I ask is total shameless honesty which I will reciprocate in confidence.
DO NOT GIVE UP. Six weeks is far too early and you appear to have far too little solid information to make that decision.
Phone number coming by PM/Email. Take a minute and give me a call tomorrow. I will be working but will take time out to chat. I am in the Eastern Time Zone so don't call me at 6 a.m. Anytime from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. is great. Take a moment. Or if you want, send me YOUR phone number and I will call you on MY dime. (We have a great LD plan).
In the meantime, keep an open mind and don't give up.
THIS, BTW, is NOT a FREEBIE. It is my way of repaying all of those that provided ME with information and advice in MY time of need. And when you have mastered the art of preventing face farts and mouth breathing I hope that you will do the same.
Hang in there. YOU WILL BEAT THIS THING.
Educate, Advocate, Contemplate.
Herein lies personal opinion, no professional advice, which ALL are well advised to seek.