Anyway, for me Obamacare has been a godsend. I was turned down last spring because of my weight and that i admitted to seeing a chiropractor six months previously. Now I have Kaiser and for me it's been great.
I did all sorts of test and somehow I don't have high blood pressure. But I do have sleep apnea and was disturbed 52 times an hour. They gave me a loaner of the Resmed S9 Autoset and the first night was rough but I woke up more alert than i had in years. I started to get used to it by the second week and then I had to give it back. They gave me no help with the price so I had to buy it myself! I feel like I got away with a lot with no insurance so I'm just dealing with it.
My follow up visit with the doctor, who is the head of our sleep clinic here, was a joke. He said my info was good based on the card but had no interest in any of my side effects. I had a bloody nose, better bowel movements, and I started clenching my jaw, something I hadn't done since i quit smoking. I also have insane cricks in my neck from either sleeping too hard or sleeping tensly trying not to knock off the mask. He couldn't care less. I told him I'd read how the statistic weren't in my favor and he said I'd get over it. Then he bolted!
I think with modern medicine, you have to be your own advocate and use the tools they give you. But the old days of putting your faith in a kindly old doctor who knows all are over, as far as I can tell.
Anyway, I bought a H5 to go along with the Autoset so no more nose problems. The cricks are starting to work themselves out but I sure could use a massage! I do have allergies and was using claritin and it was pretty useless. I know have a nasal steroid and have stopped breathing as much through my mouth. It's very weird. The hardest part for me was relaxing because I felt i was suffocating with the mask, but now I"m getting used to breathing through my nose and it's a pleasure.
I actually am starting to enjoy the CPAP. I know it sounds crazy and from reading things here, I am one of the few lucky ones. I feel like I'm going into a cocoon and I have a very stressful job and I try and completely relax. I'm needing much less sleep and I'm much sharper in the morning. My fantasy is that I will have more energy and can start exercising and will lose weight. I eat well but I'm too stressed and tired to exercise, especially since I hate it!
It pained me to buy it but I also bought a travel CPAP as I travel a lot for work. I haven't received it yet but I hope it's an ok sub for the Auto set.
Anyway, that's my story. I think it's a success on a lot of levels.
And I want to thank all of you for sharing all your stories. You don't know it, but it really helps but things in perspective and fills in so many gaps that the doctor forgot.