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.
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