Update from the CPAP Doc.
Well, I visited the doc for my first checkup after starting CPAP. I have had only 3 nights without use of the CPAP and I never sleep without it. I wish I had the miracle that others have, but I am not there yet. I feel better, but not as good as I should probably feel.
One thing that the nurses and docs do is survey you on do you feel drowsy during meetings or other things like that and the score is a number. The lower the number, the better. I improved from a 6 to a 8.
I mentioned to the doc that I still tend to open my mouth EVEN with a chinstrap on. The chinstrap is supposed to stop your from opening your mouth but it just plain does not work on me. I asked the doc if I could switch masks to a full face and she said sure and I perked right up and asked for a specific mask. She wrote up the order for it. If you want to know, it’s a ResMed Mirage Liberty. This has the pillows like my first mask, but has a cover that goes over my mouth so that if I open it, the air goes down the throat instead of rushing out of it ruining the therapy.
Losing weight will also help my Obstructive Sleep Apnea. I hope to be off the machine as I continue to lose more weight. I have lost 70 lbs thus far.
It is possible that I may not ever be able to get off of it without surgery. Being overweight can cause OSA, but so can a whole slew of other things.
Another good thing…my BP was 118/78 which is NORMAL! That doesn’t mean I can come off the meds, but it does mean I am heading the right direction. I have to have low blood pressure before they change the meds.