I like my sleep doctor, he's older and has his moments. Anyways, I took my Sleepyhead data in for him to take a look at. I decided to print the Sleepyhead Data reports because I really wanted to introduce it to the sleep lab people and clinic. I printed out the overview, statistics, and two daily reports.
My Doctor was intrigued by it, I told him it was open source software called Sleepyhead. He asked what machines it works on and took a look at the data. It was cool because he looked at everything and answered my questions about CA events and he gave me my original sleep study data and we compared the graphs and he told me what all the definitions where on my sleep study report. It was pretty cool. I de saturated down to 74 percent, which I never knew and he actually spent a good 15 minutes explaining and answering my questions and said anymore and he is going to charge me for the education..lol
Anyways, my Doctor went around showing the lab techs the Sleepyhead data, they all seemed to think it was cool until the "Boss" of the sleep lab, not sure what her title is but she seemed to be in charge there and collects the data from the sleep study reports. I overheard her say to my doctor after he showed her and I quote: "looks like a high school student wrote it" and she starts saying "it's a waste of trees"....arghh...
I understand she probably felt threatened as if everyone had the data like that she would be out of a job, but man, people like that just get my goat. So closed minded and automatically criticizing without actually understanding. It's half the reason (or maybe the full reason) patients are left in the blind and not "trusted" to set pressure and be responsible for their treatment.
Does anyone know what that position would be? Would she be a Nurse, or a lab technician?
Anyways, it didn't seem to phase my Doctor. He was still good about it and was even going to up my pressure based on the Sleepyhead data, but I opened my fat mouth and said I don't mind a second sleep study so he booked me for a second study to adjust my Cpap pressure.
Anyways, though some people would find that interesting
*note for Ontarians about S9 Autosets and Apap*
My Doctor told me that to get an Autoset or Apap that the government sets a certain guideline that the patient MUST meet to be prescribed an Apap. ALL doctors must follow this guideline. Basically if your OSA can't be managed well enough by normal Cpap determined by your doctor then he will prescribe an Apap. He said Doctors can't prescribe all Apap's or they would get in trouble by the government and possibly a Doctor's board discipline. Oh Canada....