(03-03-2012, 11:35 PM)moondoggy Wrote: What I want to be able to do is look at the results and tell if the cpap is doing it's job. I would like to know how well I'm doing. I would like to know the relationship (cause and effect) between event results and other results. I would like to know how well my mask is working.
Bottom line is that I look at the nice graphs and other results and I don't have a clue about anything. I could be looking at a graph that shows that everything is awful and I wouldn't know the difference between good and bad. I would really like to know what I'm looking at so I can speak in some level of intelligence with my doctor when I have my appointment later on this month so any information on how to analyze this stuff would be appreciated.
This is what I do when I wake up in the morning.
First, I try to remember to take my blood pressure, while lying down in bed, before getting up to pee, but sometimes Nature calls too loudly. Record your blood pressure somewhere.
Launch Sleepyhead, and read the statistics for last night, and try to compare them with your memory of them from the previous night.
Go to Overview, and attend to the turquoise section of the bar graphs; this is your Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) fraction, which is all I worry about for now. Look at the trend of the turquoise sections. Mine is decreasing, so I am happy.
Next I scan down the graphs looking at them and asking myself if they relate in any way to my OSA in turquoise above in the first graph. This is just to teach myself about the graphs.
Next go to Daily, and look around for anything that jumps out at you, and then go to the Pie Chart in Column One. Study the stats under the Pie Chart as you look at the Pie Chart. Focus on OSA, the turquoise part.
Next look up higher in Col One, right below the Calendar, and click on Events. The click on the horizontally pointed triangle next to Obstructive Apnea, to open up this section.
Click on Event 1, and study the results for all the graphs. Do this for each event. Please explore around as you do this. Satisfy your curiosity, and let it drive your learning.
Do this for all of the events.
Finally click on Notes, and write yourself any notes about what you have learned.
While in Notes, go to the bottom of Col One, and type in your body weight, into the boxes provided, after peeing of course. My scale is digital so I have to compute ounces from tenths of pounds.
Rate how you are feeling using the sliding scale just above the body weight entries.
Now go to Overview, and notice the three new graphs at the bottom: body weight, Body Mass Index, and How You Feel.
From now on, try to relate these three graphs to the rest of your graphs and your data.
Please let me know if this helps at all.
Caveat: I am a beginner with less than 40 days on CPAP, and only nine days on Sleepyhead, so I am still learning something every day.
I love my Sleepyhead software. I am very impressed with it so far.
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