Thanks for tolerating these long posts, but I'm trying to put together a first hand step by step for other people afraid of going through this experience like I was. Hopefully someone will benefit one day!
So, I had my CPAP appointment on Friday and enjoyed my first night last night.
I'll post later about my CPAP fitting (which was actually rather positive), but they only had Phillips Respironics products... Though I was hoping for ResMed. So I've got the Dreamstation with the Dreamwear nasal mask.
Adjusting to the machine was intense. Learning to breathe in and pushing the air back was an interesting experience for sure (though I'm sure some of that is mask adjustment). I've also found that I'm a huge fan of humidity and the dry air made me really cough initially (until I adjusted).
Apparently during my sleep study my AHI was 44, and last night according to DreamMapper (I am traveling the next four days and haven't had a chance to load the SD card) my AHI was only 4.6... So that's a huge difference.
... I started that at about 2PM, and it's about 1AM now, in my hotel for the evening.
I have to say - today was glorious. I wasn't euphoric... But I didn't tire out in the afternoon. And I have a lot of stomach acid issues... Which didn't hurt today, as they always do (more so when I'm more tired). So... I was happy. Just... In a pleasant mood all day. Maybe some of it is psychological from feeling rested, but that's okay. That in itself as made this whole experience worth it.
My mask must need some adjusting... I had 0 large leaks, but I had this awful raw red spot below my nose... Like chapped lips, but higher, after waking up. I've been putting neosporin on it all day so it's a bit better - but hoping for no repeat tomorrow!