Post Reply 
[Health] Arriving from foreign country, self-pay
Author Message
PaulaO2 Offline
Wiki Editor
Moderators

Posts: 8,065
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: western NC, USA

Post: #11
RE: Arriving from foreign country, self-pay
Some reading:
http://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-pr...re-on-cpap

And tell Calvin it is his health, not yours. Lecture time:

The muscles in our throat and our tongue are voluntary muscles. Meaning we control them the same way we control our fingers. So as we go to sleep, so do they. For some people, for various reasons, these muscles and surrounding tissues start to collapse, taking up space. This narrows the airway and is called a hypopnea. Eventually, the airway collapses completely, shutting off airflow. This is an apnea event.

Each time he stops breathing, his body is deprived of oxygen. Not just his brain, but his entire body. His brain screams for him to wake up. His chest is straining. Nothing comes in. Nothing goes out. Until finally he twitches hard enough or his brain screams loud enough or something and he wakes up enough to open the airway on his own. He falls back asleep and the process happens all over again. Rinse. Repeat.

Meanwhile, with air not coming in, air isn't going out. Various stuff is building up in the blood stream and isn't completely exchanged by the lungs due to the repeated apnea events.

He's also not sleeping well. The brain needs sleep for a reason.
He's not getting the right sleep. We need REM sleep for a reason, too.

Eventually, all that oxygen deprivation causes damage. Subtle at first. High blood pressure. Diabetes. Heart issues. Memory issues. Brain function. One doesn't die of untreated sleep apnea really. One dies a slow death from multiple sources.

So tell Calvin to get over his precious self and grasp this by the horns. Or not. YOU CANNOT DO IT FOR HIM. You just can't. You can encourage. You can be there. You can love him despite the hose on his nose. But it really is up to him.

PaulaO2
Apnea Board Moderator
www.ApneaBoard.com


Breathe deeply and count to zen.

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
01-26-2016 08:50 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  Foreign travel with CPAP atk1031 6 1,992 08-29-2014 08:58 PM
Last Post: dakuda
  [News] Race, Ethnicity, and Country of Origin Influence Sleep Times ApneaNews 0 1,132 06-27-2012 11:06 AM
Last Post: ApneaNews

Forum Jump:

Who's Online (Complete List)