(03-27-2014, 11:42 PM)Thefabulousmrsk Wrote: I'm lucky that I've taken to cpap well. Though tonight is one of those off nights where I'm struggling. Most nights I don't though. However I'm on a 3 day work week and feel just barely able to get through. Most work days I fall asleep by 7 pm. Mind you before cpap 3 days was too hard and I was looking at disability. I'm suffering from depression and no matter how hard I'd try I'd always crash. Medication helps with mood but of course not energy. My depression is so much better. I think that's the area that's improved the most so far. I am starting to feel like my old vibrant self again. Even if it's in short bursts.This is all promising news. Hopefully you will continue to see real progress in terms of feeling like your old vibrant self.
Quote:I'm not doing any data monitoring yet. I'm going to wait till I have my own machine before I tackle that.Regardless of when or whether you intend to do data monitoring for yourself, it's important to start thinking about how to avoid getting stuck with a machine that does NOT record efficacy data.
Make sure you understand your insurance and how it pays for equipment very clearly. Make sure you understand whether you have a choice of durable medical equipment providers (or DMEs). Not all DMEs are created equal and some are prone to outright lying about efficacy data machines to new CPAP patients. Request that you have a physical copy of your prescription and do not just authorize the sleep doc/center to fax the script to a DME that you've never heard of.
Be keenly aware of the fact that the naming of the various models in a given CPAP/APAP line can be very, very confusing for a newcomer. Try to establish before hand exactly what the make and model number of the machine the DME plans to sell you is. If they simply show up at your door with a brick that you don't want, refuse delivery. It's much harder to get a DME to switch out a brick for a full efficacy data machine after you've already taken delivery of the brick.