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[News] Expectant Father Dies in Crash; Family Blames Sleep Disorder
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Why was he behind the wheel? Because the general medical community is hopelessly ignorant of sleep apnea and its effects upon patients. They're slow to respond to people suffering from apnea, woefully ignorant of the creeping debilitation that comes upon its victims, and in general very apathetic to the suffering of the patient. Their ignorance is only bested by the general public (i.e. coworkers and bosses).

For months I was degenerating last winter and my new primary care doctor couldn't care less. He was irritated that I was so adamant about getting relief on a time-table less than 6+ weeks when I was already in the throes of exhaustion. It got to the point that I began to suffer from motor functioning unbenknownst to me. I thought my manual transmission was having problems. It was my exhaustion! I could not operate the clutch with enough delicate release so I was continually bucking the car into 1st gear!

I was sure the car had a tranny problem, but my wife could drive it fine. I was perplexed as the issue persisted. After fighting with pcp, insurer, and some go-between known as "care corps" I was able to get a new CPAP machine. Within a week of therapy my transmission magically stopped bucking.

I commuted two hours a day in and out of a major metropolitan area. I had already taken so many days off of work this year, I was at risk of losing my next year's contract. I had to go to keep going to work. All the while I had to spend every waking moment on the phone with doctors and insurers. I thank God for helping me get through it. Without Jesus, I would have cracked completely.
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FireInCairo, I think *you* deserve the credit for being strong of spirit and persistant as hell.
That's what gets things done. God & Jesus don't do everything *for* us.
Otherwise we'd all be rich and famous without having to try.

Keep up the good work.

hmm...You might want to look into getting going with SleepyHead software so
you can check on any changes in your sleep patterns.
(Another thing some Dr's dont worry about)

Cheers!

Smile
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." - Thomas Foxwell Buxton

Cool
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(05-02-2013, 07:22 PM)Shastzi Wrote: FireInCairo, I think *you* deserve the credit for being strong of spirit and persistant as hell.
That's what gets things done. God & Jesus don't do everything *for* us.
Otherwise we'd all be rich and famous without having to try.

I credit Jesus with all of it, because I know He worked a miracle through a demented, apathetic medical system that is only going to get worse.

So, for those who will be confronted in the future with the kind of nonsense I had to go through already, don't hesitate to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus!

But... back to my primary point: Apnea has debilitating effects if left untreated that will actually impair your motor function.

I remember before I was finally diagnosed with a sleep study I would slur my speech. I was afraid people would think I was drinking on the job! Unsure
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