Wednesday, July 11, 2007

i got me a sleep apnea machine

I have been missing in action for awhile.  There is so much I want to write about.  But I have been busy packing.  Wow, talk about work!  I don't know how some people do it in just a few days.  Of course I am being a little meticulous about it, so it won't be so difficult when I get to my new apartment to put everything away.  I have to hurry up and finish though.

It's almost bedtime.  I am a little nervous tonight.  Today I finally got my sleep apnea machine!  I have to have one with a face mask as opposed to just the nasal kind.  This is b/c my pressure is so high (13).  The respiratory therapist who was showing me how to use the machine, put a face mask over my face to show me how it would feel.  Then she turned it on 13.  It felt so smothering and so hard to breathe that I almost had a panic attack.  I just wanted to rip the thing off.  Strange, in the hospital I didn't go into panic.  But in this one I was going to go into real PANIC

So she went and got another face mask one that only covered around the nose, but still accepted the pressure.  It was somewhat hard to take, but much better!  I dropped the pressure to 4 to start, and it felt great!  I almost fell asleep then and there!  The idea is that the machine starts out on the air blowing at a pressure of 4, and slowly goes up to 13 (which is pretty foreceful).  But it takes 20 minutes to get to pressure 13.  The ideas is that by that time you are asleep and you don't notice the full pressure.  

I hope it works and I don't go into panic mode, LOLOLOL.  Because I stopped breathing 104 times, if I remember correctly, in 4 or was it 5 hours, during the test I had a few months ago at the hospital.  I need the machine.  I better relax tonight and not panic!

Okay, I got to run now.  I will be back soon.

Love you all,

Krissy

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34 comments:

  1. I pray for all to work out well with this new machine.  Take care and have a good night.

    Phil

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  2. good luck with the move:) praying that you get a good nights sleep with the machine:)

    Deb

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  3. tendernoggle7/11/2007 10:38 PM

    Good luck with the move...Hope you like your new apartment! Glad you got your machine...hope it helps you out...
    love ya,
    carlene

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  4. Good luck with your sleep device machine, and I hope you take a good rest after you finally have the move made. gg/Jackie

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  5. lifesabench67/11/2007 10:42 PM

    Good Luck on the packing- and the new machine.  I think I'd probably panic too.  I can't stand having anything on my face either.  I remember the only time whenI was in the hospital when my son was ready tobe born, they gave me oxygen, and I couldn't stand it!  I can understand the need though- and hope you will get used to it.  Maybe you'll sleep so well after using it, you won't have narcalepsy anymore?!  God Bless you Krissy!  Hope things work out soon for you both!  Carolyn :)

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  6. My neighbour uses one of these and he has had it about 4 yrs now.He couldn't do withou tit he says now.The only bind he finds with it is .If they go on vactaion as you say, it is a pain packing it to take with them.I hope  your packing is soon all done and dusted .I Hope you and John are well too.Take Care God Bless KATH
    astoriasand http://journals.aol.co.uk/astoriasand/MYSIMPLERHYMES

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  7. Wow Krissy....sounds kinda serious.   But it's all being taken care of and that's the main thing.
    Love,
    Nancy

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  8. Oh, I hate to pack up for moving.  The last time I moved, I'd lived in the house for 13 years...it was a horrendous job !  You should sleep good after you get used to the machine, I know people who use them and once  they get used to it, they sleep like a baby.  Linda in hot, hot Washington state

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  9. princesssaurora7/11/2007 11:45 PM

    Krissy... It took Karyl of  http://journals.aol.com/klconard1/GlimpsesofEternity/
    quite a while to get used to her machine... and she had some great support sites that she found help at online.  Check out her archives or email her... I am sure it will help!

    Good luck with the machine.. hope you adjust quick and you get improved living from it!

    be well,
    Dawn

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  10. Take a nice deep breath and count your blessings sweetheart.  Miss you!  xoxo CATHY

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  11. I know that moving can be hard work.  Please take good care and don't over do.
    I hope that you can get used to that mask and all works out well. It is there to help you, not add another problem for sure.   'On Ya' -ma

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  12. nightmaremom7/12/2007 6:25 AM

    By now you've already done this and I hope all went well.  My BIL is on the machine and believe me it made such a difference with him.  Wishing you good luck, calmness, and most of all good sleep
    love ya
    d

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  13. Great that you have your machine now, Krissy. Stopping breathing more than 100 times? Yikes. Good luck with the packing.

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  14. You sound really busy. Good luck with your machine.
    Take care, Chrissie

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  15. Hoping you had a good nights sleep!  -  Barbara

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  16. hugsdoodlewacky7/12/2007 9:38 AM

    (((((((((((HUGstOYOU))))I hope the mask works for you and yoi sleep better.Have a nice day.

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  17. I sure hope you get a good nights sleep, I know a few people who use the machine and they say they never slept better. Hopefully you won't panic. I thing once you get use to it it won't be so bad. 13 sounds like a high number so I can understand. Aww packing, I hate it. I just moved and can't stand packing and unpacking. I don't want to do it again for another 30 years.

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  18. Krissy, my hubby is using the same nasal apnea you are, he's only been on it for about 3 weeks, has some discomfort from it, especially irritated the nasal passage, so uses it for part of the night sleeping and it seems to help - so hang in there dear, hope it works for you.  They first tried the full face mask, he couldn't handle that either. Moving is such a pain isn't it, but a good way to get rid of all the stuff we've accumulated without realizing we did, hang in there. Hope John is doing better....Arlene (AJ)

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  19. Good luck with the packing and I hope the machine helps you sleep.
    Pam

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  20. My niece's husband wears one and he says it has made a huge difference in his life. Hope it works well for you! Tammy

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  21. Hi Krissy,  I`m sure you`ll get used to the machine really quickly and hopefully you`ll get a really good, restful sleep. Good luck with the move. :o)

    Love Sandra xxxx

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  22. Krissy, I bet you are tired from packing. But the work is easier when YOU WANT to move, and going to a place you are enthused about, I think.  Unpacking isn't as much fun, EXCEPT if you do it quickly.  I know you are the type to want to get settled and get normal.  You've shared before about how wonderful normalcy is to you guys.  Good luck with you sleep machine!  Obviously you REALLY need it!  Let me know how you do with it.  I care about you and John Krissy.  I think you'll get use to it and you won't panic as you know you   Good luck take care, & God Bless. Sending you hugs, love, caring and prayers. Love, Merry

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  23. My mom had the machine that the mask completely covered her face.  I don't know how she did that!  I'd be like you; just want to rip it off!  Hope you get used to it.  I feel for ya!
    I hate moving.  It is SO much work, no matter how organized you are and how much time you have.  J

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  24. Thank you for the ***BIG SMILE*** this evening !  That video was so cute and totally unexpected.  'On Ya' - ma

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  25. midwestvintage7/12/2007 10:52 PM

    Good Luck with your cpap.  You will feel so much better and rested.

                Julie

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  26. I knew someone who had one of those machines to help them breathe at night, and she said it was a great help. She slept better. I had to share a room with her one night (teacher workshop), and it wasn't that loud... after I got used to the gentle sounds it made, I was able to ignore it and fall asleep myself. Good luck to you... I'm sure you will adjust to it well. Soon we will read reports of great sleeping. bea

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  27.     Glad you're home. I hope packing goes smoothly, as well as the move. And good luck with your machine. Sleep apnea is frightening to say the least.
    Jude
    http://journals.aol.com/jmorancoyle/MyWay

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  28. John2 stopped breating 150 some times.  He still needs to get his machine.  I am pushing him.  So, how did it feel this morning when you woke up?  Were you able to keep the mask on?  I am very grateful that they have something for my Krissy and my John to treat their sleep apnea.  When do you see your neurologist for you narcolepsy?  So, Dr. J. called R. yesterday and made him come in.  I haven't heard from him in over 24 hours.  He hasn't been home.  That is a good sign =).  Thank you so much for making the call yesterday.  You are a dear!!  Love you!! xox
    http://journals.aol.com/valphish/ThereisaSeason

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  29. xalmostparadise7/13/2007 6:35 PM

    Please use your sleep apnea machine every night. I know what can happen if you dont. Bless you dear.
    xalmostparadise

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  30. irisheyes19297/13/2007 11:44 PM

    Good luck with the machine!  Medical things that make life easier take some getting used to, but I'm sure your quality of life will improve.  I hope all goes well!!!!
    -Kellen

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  31. Hi Krissy,

    I hope your treatment for the sleep apnea is successful and that can relax with the mask on.  Also, thanks for stopping by my journal!

    Dirk
    http://journals.aol.com/tsalagiman1/the-first-amendment-not-politi/  

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  32. how did it go???
    Becky

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  33. lifelistlift7/16/2007 6:25 AM

    I have never heard of a sleeping arena before..hope all goes well.  take care. Shona

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  34. ladymagnolia19637/17/2007 11:15 PM

    Hi Krissy,

    I am new to J Land and stoped by to read your journal. I noticed you said you had sleep apnea and was getting fitted with the C-Pap machine. My husband Mark has sleep apnea and wears a mask as well. Mark had a hard time at first getting used to something on his face. He too felt panicked. It took Mark about 4 days of trying the C Pap before he could wear it a full night.
    But Krissy once he did, it was wonderful! After about 4 days of sleeping with it on all night..Mark was like a new man lol. Bright eyed and bushy tailed Ü. He had a lot more energy and didn't fall asleep everytime he sat down.

    So give us an up date on how you are doing with your sleeping ok Ü.

    Hugs,
    LadyMagnolia1963 aka Donna

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