Great info DeepBreathing! Since you people can hire machines in Australia, there's no point in struggling without one, Gabby. You should see a great change, unless your sleepiness isn't apnea-related...
12-28-2013, 10:59 AM
(This post was last modified: 12-28-2013, 11:00 AM by drgrimes.)
Gabby I had a similar problem in the beginning in that my sleep doctor seemed to be in no hurry about anything I finally begged them to do something quicker. They didn't give me much encouragement until I told them that I could be on standby if they had a cancellation. She then lit up and said oh really? I got in two days later rather than two months later. While you are begging for favors go ahead and ask if there is a way you can get the RX immediately. I've discovered that if you can become friendly with the nurses, THEY are the keeper of the gates to happiness. LOL, well not all of them, but certainly this one.
Gabby, try to get back on the waiting list, they may be closed over the Christmas / New Year period. The others had good idea's about renting if you can afford it. I know you are going public, is it through a Sleep Specialist, a Sleep Centre or a Public Hospital? It's a pity you missed the last sleep study. At worst, try to sleep on your side rather than your back, or keep your head propped up as much as possible with pillows. All you can do is your best to get in as early as possible and look forward to using the CPAP when you get it.
Me50, Doom_NX, DeepBreathing, dr grimes, Zonk and Tez62, Many thanks to all for taking the time to answer my question. I really was in a bad way.
I have since been to my local Doctor and we have discussed what has been happening in my life the last couple of weeks and I have had a lot of stress and running around. Every day of the week in my normal day to day life I need to have some kind of sleep ( thanks to sleep apnea)but due to circumstances I hadn't been able to for about a week or more in the lead up to Christmas. He thinks these four days when I was so bad was my body catching up on lost sleep.
He doesn't really want me to get a machine on my own and rang the clinic for me, and I am back on the cancellation list.
I figure I have waited this long, I will have to live with it a bit longer.
I am sleeping sitting right up, which I always do because of my chronic headaches but usually I sleep on my back, due to headaches, but now I am really trying hard to sleep on side, which I am getting more and more used to.
Doom_NX my Dr. Has been through my meds and done my bloods earlier in the year so we know there is nothing underlying causing my tiredness, so thanks for that.
Drgrimes, I am friendly with a girl called Ann at the clinic so will give her a ring this week and wish her happy New Year and just see where I am travelling on the list, so thanks for that tip.
Tez62, it is a private clinic I am having the Titration test done but I will be getting the machine through the Public Hospital.
Once I have the Titration done and get the Prescription, I can then go and rent a machine and buy my mask, then I will be given one by Hospital in about two to three months.
DeepBreathing Thank you for all that information you sourced me. At this point I don't really want to have to hire a machine until after I have had my titration, as I won't be getting an automatic machine and I don't want to get spoilt by the auto and the have to drop back to to the fixed.
I will see how I go over the next week or so.
I really do appreciate that you all took the time to answer me. You are a great bunch on this site.
Happy New Year to all of you!
Why are you not getting an auto machine? The price difference is so little that it doesn't make sense...