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What to expect
#11
Thank you to everyone who replied. This is AMAZING. Like I said before, I wish the DME or doctor had 1/10th the knowledge you all have. The difference of course is you live with it and they don't.

I never mentioned the fact that I take a nap every day around 3PM but it sounds more common than I thought.

I ordered the S10 and the P10 mask and will start there.

As soon as it arrives, I will post a few questions I am sure.

I can not see this NOT working with this kind of support group.

Looking forward to a good nights sleep.

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#12
Good decision Sleepy. The best decision is your clear cut positive attitude. You'll do very well indeed.
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#13
People (we/me) can be so crazy, bragging about high numbers that can mean an early death - you feeling embarrassed because yours are so low - hehe

As pointed out above, 4Xhr is nothing to ignore. My wife had an AHI of like six on her test, but chose to get a CPAP regardless and it has improved her sleep.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

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#14
Hi sleepyCoder,
You have a GREAT attitude, and that will go along way toward helping you with your CPAP therapy.
Feel free to ask as many questions as you need to.
Good luck to you with the new machine and CONGRATULATIONS.!
trish6hundred
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#15
Just remember this - You can't be a little pregnant, you don't want a little cancer, and be happy you have a treatable apnea condition, and you are getting treatment. No reason to be embarrassed at all. There would be a cause to be embarrassed if you were fluffing it off and not getting treatment.
If everyone thinks alike, then someone isn't thinking.
Everyone knows something, together we could know everything.
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#16
I think I was a little pregnant once. Not sure though.... Darn memory.
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#17
What to expect? Okay

You can expect that your first impression of CPAP therapy may make you think that you will never be able to breath out against that pressure and will never be able to sleep with all that stuff on your face.

You'd be absolutely wrong on both counts. The breathing against the pressure problem will very soon fade into outer space and you won't notice it at all. Then when you get the knack of adjusting your mask properly, you'll be able to sleep with it on and sometimes wake up thinking it isn't there any more. It sort of like getting used to wearing bifocals, that transition line eventually disappears.

Then there is the best thing that you can expect. If you stick with the program and iron out any bumps in the road by listening to some of the experts here, you can expect to sleep better than you have for a long time and stop damaging your body with the insidiously degenerative effects of sleep apnea.
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#18
It does get better over time - and when you start off using CPAP, it is a bit rough and unpleasant. I was at 82 AHI before I began using the machine, and I was a wreck. You'll find yourself adjusting to it as your body gets used to actually getting proper sleep. Just hang in there, and I agree with you about this forum, it really is reassuring to know that you're not alone in this situation.
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