Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Updates from the Batcave

Why is this video not like me?

'Cause I used to snore LOUDER.

But I don't snore anymore.

I picked up my Cpap machine last week. I was a brave little soldier. Although the whole time I was in the doctor's office I felt like crying.

No, she wasn't mean to me.

In fact, she was extremely nice.

I was just being a baby. Up until that moment I had been acting like a trouper. Thinking, "Yep, I can DO THIS!" But when it came time to put my money where my mouth was? Uh, not so much.

I guess I started feeling sorry for myself when she began dragging out the long hose.

Then the mask.

This looks just like us, except that's not me AND Jim doesn't have to wear a cpap!
The Respiratory Therapist showed me how everything worked. Then she put the mask on me and I sat there for a little while trying to get used to it.

I asked her about getting up and peeing in the middle of the night.

"Why? Do you have issues with your bladder?" She asked.

"Uh, no."

"Well, then, you will NOT have to get up in the middle of the night and pee. I guarantee it. AND you will NOT wet the bed!" She exclaimed confidently.

"REALLY?" I was amazed.

She explained that the reason most people with sleep apnea get up and use the bathroom is because they were woken up from their sleep "issues" and then felt the pressures on their bladder and had to "go". If you sleep through the night? No problem.

That first night I put the mask on, and it took only a few minutes to get used to the forced air, and the feeling of the mask on my face. I woke up and it was morning.

By golly that woman was right!

No bathroom runs in the middle of the night!

No bed wetting!

It's a miracle!

Oh, and no snoring, either.

The first two nights I slept real well. The next couple of nights were a little more difficult, but I think I might have had the mask on wrong. (It's easy to wear it upside down!) I think I have it right, now. I definitely am not feeling as tired as I was before the cpap machine.

My air conditioning is working fine now. I'm not questioning why; I'm just enjoying it. It's a little cooler this week; high in the 80's. A cool front.

Answers to yesterday's puzzle:

And now, here's a little food for thought courtesy Bits and Pieces.

signing out. Ta-ta


Valerie said...

That's an amazing thing that you not only don't snore but that you can sleep right through the night. Hmmm I think Hubs needs to get some treatment. Thank goodness the temperature has dropped, I felt stifled just thinking about the heat over there.

SquirrelQueen said...

I'm glad to hear this is working for you Pat. That is amazing that you can sleep through the night without waking up. I'm still trying to talk my husband into getting the same treatment. Nice to hear it has cooled off over your way.

Brian Miller said...

hahah love the diagram...glad the cpsp is helping out...very familiar as one of the kids i work with has one and we usually talk while he cleans it...


i snore like a trooper, but i'm too vain to wear that to bed :(

Eva Gallant said...

Love the circles!!!! lol

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

Soooo, it is not bad? I have sleep apnea and refused the machine. Being hooked up to all the wires during the test was bad enough and I just figured with a mask on it would be worse, but it's really not?

Maybe I should really think about it again.

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

PS love the way you change your pictures in your heading! I lvoe them all!

labbie1 said...

Egads to the circles!!!!

Perhaps hubs should get a cpap--me too!!!! Sounds wonderful!

So, do you like your Landmark? Have you tried it out in cold weather? Is that 5 slides?

We have a 40 ft Kountry Aire with 2 slides and LOVE living in it! :) Ain't it great?????

Donna said...

Well Good!! Glad no one wet the bed!!Hahaaaa...
Love the circles of info!!Hahaa

Rae said...

I'm glad to hear it is working for you. My hubby has sleep apnea and needs to pursue testing. I think it will help him feel better. He thought the mask would be much bigger. This doesn't look bad at all. If it saves your health it is worth it.

The Tame Lion said...

I'm glad to hear it is working for you.
I hope it'll work for my brother too. ;)

Kathy's Klothesline said...

What, no pictures of you sporting the CPAP? Drew had the older model that covered the mouth as well. When he lost all that weight, he didn't need it anymore! He now sleeps better than I do and doesn't snore. I have woken myself snoring lately. I think it may be the excess pounds I have packed on ......

Nancy said...

I have one, but haven't been using it. I need to start, however, as I've been told my blood pressure is starting to get a little high. I think I need a new mask. Mine doesn't look anything like the ones in the picture.

Mama Zen said...

I'm glad the the CPAP is working for you. If it would keep me from getting up to pee in the middle of the night, I might get one!

Anonymous said...

so glad to hear it is working for you, hope your day is a delightful one my friend

becky said...

Hi Pat,
glad to hear the cpap machine is working well for you! yes, i'd imagine it would take some getting used to it, but a good nights sleep i'm sure is well worth it. glad it is "cooling down" a bit for you. i'm back in san diego & the weather here is quite nice!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

i'm almost to the point where i think "I" need one. but, no time to do a sleep study and i'm not sure i could do the mask routine. lol!

kisatrtle said...

I m trying to imagine sleeing with that and I am not sure I could

Gail said...

No getting up to pee???? I would wear a biker's helmet to do that.