TheDuke Wrote:I am a long-time XPAP Patient (about 23 Years now) and have had several sleep studies and several doctors but my comments will be regarding my latest experiences.
My DME is a local affiliate of R0Tech called Holland Medical and my service has been quite good. I do think that they are a bit too eager to have me get new masks, headgear etc. but I just ignore the pitch if I don't actually need the particular item. The local branch is not very knowledgeable regarding chin straps, and in my estimate. their stock choices are poor. nevertheless, I have always been treated helpfully and respectfully.
My current sleep medicine doctor is Bradley Bittle, MD , a pulmonologist who ordered my sleep study through the St Francis Medical center in Cape Girardeau , MO. Both my doctor and the sleep lab have been superior to my previous treatments, and that includes treatment at world famous medical school centers.
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02-28-2012, 09:22 AM
02-28-2012, 09:22 AM
wesnkat Wrote:This is my second rating on a DME.After using a B&M DME this past year that were dragging their feet on supplies I switched to an online supplier. Americare
02-28-2012, 09:23 AM
mckevin32 Wrote:Wow, no love for Lincare, lol.
02-28-2012, 09:24 AM
anneliza Wrote:I went to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA to have the sleep study. It was a clean, private room with private bath, and the tech was very nice and personable. I slept terrible, but they got enough data. My only complaint is that she told me nothing about titration or anything, just came into my room upset because my apnea was so severe, and tried to put a mask on me. It was hooked up and blowing air, so I pushed it away. I wish she had explained what they were going to do before I went to bed, and let me get used to the mask beforehand. Instead they put on my results that I “could not tolerate CPAP”.
02-28-2012, 09:24 AM
bobg1946 Wrote:At my original Sleep Doc's recommendation, I used Lincare for many years. I eventually started using the Internet to obtain my equipment and supplies because the overall prices were better - even if I did have to start filing the insurance claim papers myself. I still find that Supplier #1 on our suppliers list has the best deals for me.
02-28-2012, 09:24 AM
iSnooze Wrote:Wow! After reading many of the stories here about how uncaring the technicians were I'm glad I had a positive experience. I'm on my first cpap so I don't have anything to compare it to but I am a satisfied customer.
02-28-2012, 09:25 AM
SandyBottom Wrote:My experiences with sleep study facilities has been over all good. The initial study done at Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, NY was very good once I was able to get in as they were backlogged two months. The clinic at Northern Dutchess Hospital and my FP were invaluable in getting me equipment from my DME in Clifton Park, NY I was AHI => 82.5 and zero REM sleep. The DME was playing around and after a week of no equipment the Dr. at NDH and my FP read them the riot act. I had my machine and supplies in two days. Getting replacement supplies including filters, tubing masks etc. was like pulling teeth. After moving to FL I started buying online because the DME's made it impossible to purchase locally, (Orlando).
02-28-2012, 09:25 AM
deadman Wrote:North Texas Sleep Center is by far the most horrendously awful place I have found. You wait hours for a scheduled appointment. I had a heart attack while taking the titration test which they ignored. It took 5 days trying to figure out what was wrong wiht my chest before I finally ended up in the ER and then at a cardiologist. The sleep center ignored ALL my efforts to contact them, and have never supplied results to me (the cardiologist forced them to turn a synopsis over to him). The have refused to provide the data but HAVE sent a bill which I will NEVER pay. To say this outfit is unprofessional and abusive is wild understatement and I have complaints ready for Medicare and others and possibly a law suit.
02-28-2012, 11:25 AM
Wow, that did not take long to get a bunch of stories. I see mine in several of these. My GP is great, and recommended me for a sleep study. After finding how much the hospital charged, I asked for alternatives, and found Western Sleep in Cheyenne, WY. Arrived at 9 pm and went through all the different possibilites after a 4 hr sleep, at which time I might need to be titrated. Tried on several masks and was set for bed. Was awakened three hours into the study (I don't remember sleeping), and told my O2 was in the 70's and they were going to put a mask on me. In the morning, they sent me home and told me that I had 80 apneas/hr and with my O2 levels I would need a machine. Their sleep Dr (in Omaha) analyzed my data and sent it on to my GP. Great experience here.
My Dr listened to me and wrote the RX for the machine Western Sleep suggested, an S8 Resmed AutosetII. GP sent me to Apria Health in Cheyenne, who got the machine and sent me home. I went in for my appointments to read the data card. I am 100% compliant, even though I adjusted to the mask/machine/pressure with some difficulty. Every time I asked how I was doing, I was assured that I was doing great! I absolutely felt better!
After about a year, I discovered a forum and started reading. What an idiot I am....I finally asked for the print-outs of my data, and discovered that I was still having an average of 30 AHI's, but my compliance was great! The RT was no help at all. I started experimenting with my settings (thanks to a forum) and now am averaging about 15 AHI's. If I manage to sleep on my side all night, it is more like 8 AHI's.
Eventually Apria hired a new RT, who was very helpful, although not very knowledgeable. I found a sleep Dr in Ft Collins, CO since Omaha is a long way, gave him all my print outs, and he told me what I already knew. Really was not very helpful.
My results are that I am so much better than I was. I do think I have some memory loss from the low O2 levels. My story is an abbreviation of all the frustration and aggravation that I experienced. The "real" help I have gotten is from reading other peoples experience and shared knowledge on these forums. Thanks folks!
02-28-2012, 01:42 PM
(02-28-2012, 11:25 AM)wyo Wrote: My results are that I am so much better than I was. I do think I have some memory loss from the low O2 levels. My story is an abbreviation of all the frustration and aggravation that I experienced. The "real" help I have gotten is from reading other peoples experience and shared knowledge on these forums. Thanks folks!
Thanks for posting that, wyo, and welcome to the new forum!
I think I have memory issues too that might be caused by years of untreated sleep apnea causing low blood oxygen levels. At least now I'm getting the therapy I need.
Then again, maybe my memory loss is just plain old age..
Again, thanks for joining our little family!
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