Striving to Improve My Health in Katy

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Striving to Improve My Health in Katy

Active Rain (AR)  Rainmaker Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh has issued a challenge to the AR members to set a health goal and blog about what the goal is, a month later tell everyone how you are doing and a final blog after two months as to how you did during this time to meet your goal. I have set a goal to effectively use my CPAP machine every night  as I suffer from severe Sleep Apnea. At one stretch of the sleep study the sleep expert told me I stopped breathing for 80 seconds and this I do not mind saying this scared me. Obviously I have to use this machine just to stay alive.

I previously wrote a blog about my journey with sleep apnea and I stated I had finished the sleep study and had begun using the CPAP machine to assist with breathing during sleep.The real fun starts right after anyone gets a CPAP machine. It has been a constant battle for me with the full mask I have to wear while sleeping. I am already on my third mask and have switched breathing machines.

The technician who came to my home during early january had me try on at least 10 or more masks. Frankly he had no idea how to properly fit anyone with a mask. Two days later I had to call and complain the original mask did not fit properly. The company sent the same technician as the first trip. It seemed that the replacement mask he came with fit but you do not really know until you actually sleep using any mask.

CPAP mask and hose I now use

I used the new mask for maybe 9 nights and I was having issues with soreness on my nose and face. In addition at the same time both my eyes were hurting almost all the time. Well it turned out this mask gave me a staph infection on my face and in my eyes. The technician had told me to clean the mask once a week and not every day. I found through a co-worker a new supplier of masks and equipment in the office building where I work as CFO. I stopped using the CPAP for several days and replaced the mask with a new one. I also discovered that the CPAP machine the company brought to me was the of course bottom of the line model and did not keep track of very important statistics such as the number of sleep interruptions you suffer while using the machine. The new supplier also knew how to measure my face and then select a msk which best fits the individaul.

I had a very heated argument with the owner of the medical equipment company who supplied the machine and the first two masks. On Thursday of this week he came to my office and replaced the CPAP machine with one that has all the proper statistics functionality needed for my Doctor(s) to review. He also paid me the amount I had to pay for the replacement mask. We are square for now I hope.

The challenge for me is to use the machine every night.The Sleep Apnea condition I have has gotten to the point where I am constantly exhausted and afraid of falling asleep without any warning. Folks are saying well this is easy just put the mask every night and go to sleep. Wearing the mask is a huge challenge every night for me. Wearing the mask probably gets easier as time goes on. I battle with air leaks and have to get up and make mask adjustments several times every night. Last night for example I only used the machine for a few hours as the mask was driving my face crazy.

I need encouragement to fight the mask battle and overcome this issue. I know when
I get the necessary REM sleep I have energy during the entire day and do not worry about just falling asleep without warning. I also will strive to get more exercise by walking and riding my bike. Hopefully if I accomplish parts of these goals I will lose some weight as I definitely need to lose 20-25 pounds. One cannot put the cart before the horse and in my case I have to overcome dealing with this sleeping machine and mask. Wish me luck as I need it!

I am Striving to Improve My Health in Katy

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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Bob - You can do this.  It's hard, but keep on trying.  When you get a good night of restful sleep, you'll feel better, lose weight, have more energy and all of the things you want out of life will be easier.

Feb 02, 2013 02:15 AM #3
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thank you Laura for the encourgaement.

Feb 02, 2013 02:23 AM #4
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Talk about huge challenge. I can't imagine having to go through the issues you're dealing with and the potential loss of sleep. I'd be very concerned with what the sleep loss of be doing to me from a psychological perspective in addition to just being able to function every day. I'm glad you thought and advocated for yourself to get the right equipment so that you have a better chance of success in resolving this problem.

I think once you get the sleep issue resolved you be in a much better position to tackle taking on losing weight. At least you're being a great advocate for your own health which is the most important step. I wish you all the success possible.

Feb 02, 2013 03:18 AM #5
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thank you Bryan for the kind words and encouragement.

Feb 02, 2013 03:22 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

If you want to live, you had better use the machine every night.  As I previously suggested, there are also alternatives to masks. Dolores prefers the gear that goes over her head.

Yes, you need a weight loss program as well for better health.  Now is is good to just do it.

Feb 02, 2013 03:45 AM #7
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


         I think the story you shared with me last night about the guy almost going into cardiac arrest is good enough to continue the fight!

Feb 02, 2013 05:34 AM #8
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Congrats on setting the goal.  We are all here to support you in this challenge because it is so critical for your overall health and the way you feel on a daily basis.

Feb 02, 2013 05:53 AM #9
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

That is great that you are setting this goal to commit yourself to wearing your CPAP may be difficult, but you definitely need to do this.  Lack of sleep leads to all sorts of nasty stuff, to include stress and other health issues.  I am proud of you and stand behind you on your journey to get a good nights sleep :)!

Feb 02, 2013 07:00 AM #10
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. You really need to use the mask so your body gets the rest that is so vital for your health!!! Think of that every night, it is for your health. Think of your children and grandchildren and how important you are to them!!!! 

Feb 02, 2013 08:23 AM #11
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good evening Bob.

It is all about "preventive maintenance".

This is a quality of life issue.

Best wishes for a good night sleep.

Feb 02, 2013 08:23 AM #12
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Bob: I had heard of this but didn't know what you have to go through to get a good nights rest. In fact, I had to go read up on it now that you got me curious. I understand there is a PROVENT device for your nostrils?

Feb 02, 2013 11:40 AM #13
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Bob, I'm short of breath just reading about your issues.  I wish you the very best with finding whatever you need to make it comfortable for you to use the machine.  Great rest is essential.  Have you tried finding forums to participate can't be the first person to have these issues.  I'll bet there is a great support group out there.

Feb 02, 2013 01:11 PM #14
Marjorie Taylor
Riverside Homes - Saint Augustine, FL
New Homes in St. Augustine Florida

Hi Bob, best of luck with the Challenge.. With all of our support, I am sure you will find the encouragement you need to help with your CPAP mask.  Wishing you sweet dreams

Feb 02, 2013 10:52 PM #15
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Getting old and having these maladies is not for the faint of heart. There is a poster at my gym, right where you go all the time (you can guess where), and it is a really buff guy probably in his 60's with a caption "Getting old is not for sissys". How true!! I truly wish you the best with your situation but think of it on the bright side, you are the masked bandito, go softly into the night. cheers cvc

Feb 03, 2013 12:25 AM #16
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Bob.   I can only imagine how hard it is to sleep with that mask.    We can get used to all sorts of things and it sounds like you have the determination and the motivation to make this work for you.    Rooting for you!

Feb 04, 2013 10:01 PM #17
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Bob-I have a friend and her husband who both have to wear them. I can only imagine the challenge having to wear a mask to get a good nights sleep. Sleep is vital to our health so I am wishing you much success on your goal.

Feb 04, 2013 10:26 PM #18
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and and afternoon Bob

Bob my friend, I'm sure sorry to read about how bad of a job that there so called technician did, when he was to be helping you! Ok Bob now lets talk about the wearing of the Mask.There is your Family which sure does love you and need you to be there and around for them. There are a lot of other folks which sure do count on you being around and being fully alert throughout your day, like your Clients. You sure can count on me to help encourage you!

Have a good one 

Dale in New Hampshire

Feb 05, 2013 04:29 AM #19
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evenong Bob,

Wish you all the best.  Good Luck, and I think you have the motivation and drive to get this done. Have a great weekend

Feb 07, 2013 02:00 PM #20
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening Bob

Bob my friend, I was stoping back by to read the comments which were life by folks after I had been here. I don't like to visiting someones blog with out leaving them a comment on the post that I stop by.

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

May 03, 2013 08:11 AM #21
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Howdy and evening Bob

Bob my friend, you sure do post outstanding posts for folks to visit. Sorry for such a small comment, buy AR is acting-up.

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