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First Night on the CPAP

Tuesday, September 22, 2009



Well, friends, I had my doctor's appointment today and got my sleep lab report and my CPAP machine, so tonight is the big night.

Believe it or not, my sleep study showed that I stopped breathing 168 times in one night---anywhere from 24 to 60 times per hour! My oxygen levels were in the 70's and they are supposed to be in the 90's. No wonder I'm always tired! I believe that God's grace has once again intervened and my surgery was a blessing in disguise. I never would have agreed to the sleep study, except for the problem with coming out of the anesthesia. (God knows how stubborn I am.) My poor husband has been trying to tell me for nearly two years that I have sleep apnea, but I just dismissed the whole idea. (Which is not too smart, considering that my dad had it most of his life and my sister has it, too.) I had myself convinced that I could not possibly stop breathing without realizing it. WRONG!

I have reached the point where I am actually looking forward to using the machine--just the thought of a good night's sleep makes me giddy! I know that it will take some time to get used to it, but I'm making a commitment to stick with it. It's the first step in getting healthier. Finally getting some sleep should ease my stress level so I can start eating better again, then rehab for the vertigo, and then hopefully I can exercise again! I'm excited about the future for the first time in two years!

Thank you for your support and prayers, my friends. With God's help, I am going to slowly make some changes toward becoming healthy again. He has brought me a long, long way in the last few months, and I can't wait to see what He has in store for me when I'm healthy!

God bless every one of you!

Marlene
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  • BELLACUDDLES
    My best to you....keeping you in my prayers.

    Hug,
    Barbara
    4206 days ago
  • SING4MYFOOD
    Hey, Girl!

    I guess it's better to comment on your blog late than never, right?

    I'm praying that you will be able to adjust well to your CPAP. Just remember that even if a mask seems to work initially, it may not be so effective after a few days or a couple of weeks. If that seems to be happening, be sure to ask your supplier if you can exchange it for another one - most suppliers give you 30 days to adjust to a new mask. I'm going through that myself right now - the mask I have isn't really working right, so when I get home from my daughter's, I'll be trading it in. I've probably gone through at least 15 or 20 masks in my 4-5 years of using the CPAP - & you can usually get a new one every 6 months - check with your supplier or insurance company to be sure. And I recommend that you get your new one in 6 months, even if it's the same one you've settled on - that way you have a backup if it breaks (they DO break once in a while!).

    So sleep tight, my friend - God has given us so many tools to help us get healthier, & I'm so thankful that you're having success with the vertigo, Meniere's, AND the sleep apnea that you didn't have! lol

    Be blessed.....Love,

    Kerolyn> emoticon emoticon
    4213 days ago
  • GRAMMACATHY
    The cpap is a wonderful tool, even if the mask is a hassle. I am so happy you are on the mend. I also want to take advantage of your post to let people know there is a Sleep Apnea team on Spark People. The support is helpful.
    emoticon emoticon
    4216 days ago
  • FLMOMX2
    Keep us informed on your progress. Just be patient, as it will take 2 weeks to 6 months to adjust. Praying for you.
    4217 days ago
  • TRY2CHANGE
    I am still trying to get used to mine, let me know how yours does! I stopped breathing an average of 68 times an hour and have had at least 4 episodes where I stopped breathing for such a long spand of time that I woke up light headed from the lack of oxygen. I want more than anything to get my machine to work like the sleep study machine worked!
    Good luck!
    God Bless
    Jamie
    4217 days ago
  • TRY2CHANGE
    I am still trying to get used to mine, let me know how yours does! I stopped breathing an average of 68 times an hour and have had at least 4 episodes where I stopped breathing for such a long spand of time that I woke up light headed from the lack of oxygen. I want more than anything to get my machine to work like the sleep study machine worked!
    Good luck!
    God Bless
    Jamie
    4217 days ago
  • TRY2CHANGE
    I am still trying to get used to mine, let me know how yours does! I stopped breathing an average of 68 times an hour and have had at least 4 episodes where I stopped breathing for such a long spand of time that I woke up light headed from the lack of oxygen. I want more than anything to get my machine to work like the sleep study machine worked!
    Good luck!
    God Bless
    Jamie
    4217 days ago
  • BELLACUDDLES
    I hope it improves your sleeping. A good friend of mine had the sleep study, and she too had a lot of problems like you, but with the machine, she has lost 25# and is sleeping sooooooo much better.

    Hang in and know I too am praying for you.

    Hugs,
    Barbara
    4218 days ago
  • ANNSTOECKL
    I'm so happy you are committed to getting used to the machine. It's such an important step in getting healthier.

    Blessings
    4218 days ago
  • HLTHYLIVNCCJ
    Glad to hear everything is turning around for you! God Bless!

    Cindy
    4218 days ago
  • BL0775
    Hope you get some rest!!! emoticon
    4218 days ago
  • PURPOSEPOWER95
    Great! praying for a good night sleep.
    4218 days ago
  • CASAGRANDMA
    Awesome Marlene! So good to hear such good uplifting news. You remain in my prayers for tonight's sleep and continued healing. The light at the end of the tunnel is shining brightly. Praise the Lord!!!

    emoticon emoticon Diana
    4218 days ago
  • CIELBEE
    I'm just responding because I want to tell you how much better life is when you sleep. I've been using a CPAP for years, but can still remember being soooo tired all the time. It took a while to get used to using it, but now I would never sleep without it.
    4218 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    Hey my friend!
    I wish you a good and blessed night's sleep. God works in ways we will never understand!
    God bless you and yours
    In Jesus Name
    Greg
    4218 days ago
  • JULSISGOOD
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    --Juls
    4219 days ago
  • DEBANNE1124
    I hope you ahve a good night sleep with that CPAP, Marlene. You really deserve it.
    Keep me informed.
    Debbie
    4219 days ago
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