RE: Trying to figure out sleep report
Thanks Vaughn, I shall try that! I did do the patient thing on the first go round, but I couldn't seem to get it to open up, it would just give me another screen to fill out, when I filled it out again, it said "that patient already exists" arrgh. I'll get it eventually.
I am confident we'll both get there! And I expect bad nights mixed with good, are the norm for now. One piece of advice I've heard that I'm trying to stay with, is not to change too many things at once, and upon changing something, leave that change in place for a few days at least, to get a real sense of if the trend it better or worse reflected in the numbers.
My DME (who was fine, if and when one can actually get ahold of them) said that really, anything less than 2 weeks of data means about nothing in them being able to say 'How" we are doing. Having started reading the data that seems apparent.
So I rejoice in tiny improvements...like...that I had only 6 mask events (something that shows in ResScan when I hover over the simple graphs bar) vs 11...this means I took my mask on and off less, and as one who can get up to pee every 45 mins to an hour pre-cpap, this is A.MA.ZING!
I rejoice that the last 4 nights had lower AHI numbers...even if they aren't under 5.0 yet. I SUPER rejoice that I had a straight ...at first, 3 hours with mask on at a time (which means I did not run to the loo for 3 whole hours!) and then it went to four whole, and now I've seen maybe three 5 whole hours strung together! This is beyond excellent to me!
Small things like, not having my eyes water from hours of yawning to where tears would overflow them from the frequency.
Some folk I think, see less dramatic "small things" (if that makes sense) because they weren't aware of suffering that much, ie, they didn't feel that bad before.
That said, I NEVER nodded off in the day, I only recently noticed the choking sensation when I'd choke on a tums I put in my mouth and fell asleep with not disolved. I've not been an all night loud snorer. For me, it was the waking up feeling worse than when I sent to sleep, not wanting to go to sleep because it mean torture, and the constant getting up to pee.
I think the idea of a journal, is helpful. I just downloaded a free app on my phone that is a daily journal type thing with a calendar. I put in there how I feel. I also use the Sleep cycle app which gives me the option of a red white or green smiley face in the a.m. I can cross reference that with the resscan results to see if there a relationship.
I also have come to conclude that there is often a lag in that relationship, tonight might of been "meh" when you woke up, but then you find you were more engaged in life, or more optimistic, or more active that day, in hindsight, and maybe tomorrow you felt even better. I think these things are cumulative to a good degree, but I'm only a newbie, so I could be wrong.
I'm an east coast girl by origin, born and raised in Maryland, dad was from New Hampshire, so I've spent plenty of time up North. Love it. If I lived where you did I could get that 62 degrees in my room honestly, as it is, I have to run A.C to get that cold.
Keep on Truckin! We'll get there Sparkles!
Still a hosehead baby!