Have to Attend Unneeded/Wanted Medical Appointment Today!

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Have to Attend Unneeded/Wanted Medical Appointment Today!


As some folks are aware, I have sleep APNEA  and have to use a CPAP device to sleep every night. If you are unsure what is Sleep APNEA and its dangers if this condition goes untreated then check out this article in my link. I started using the CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device in early January 2013. I am still using the same machine I started with back in 2013. These machines work every night when used properly 7-9 hours each night all year long. Obviously this device will eventually wear out!


I had to endure a new sleep study last year as it is necessary per the medical regulations (Federal) to have a prescription to be able to buy a new CPAP machine. Really!! Why??? There is no good reason to have a new study. All sleep studies are very expensive running at least $2,000 and up per night. I had my new study done by the sleep institute which is owned by the medical group which my Internal Doctor belongs to as I thought this would make things easier to get accomplish! These folks also wanted me to of course do a 2 night study like I was a first time participant in this stuff. Silly me wanting to be efficient!


This sleep institute has to send out to a third party Pulmonologist to get the study (night of sleep data) analyzed as they have no one in their group to do the work. This was not explained to me by them.  After many phone calls I did get the needed prescription to buy a new machine via the internet but it was like pulling teeth.  I believe I shamed them into it. The new device arrived late November 2015 after I spent some time trying to a find machine which would work for me. The question to ask is are you using the new device? The answer is NO! The pressure of the new machine has to be adjusted. I forgot about this nagging detail and no one reminded me or understands how this medical nonsense really operates and or the steps to get it accomplished. What a mess..


My unneeded Doctors appointment today is to see a Pulmonologist who works for the group who did the study analysis. Did I mention it will take me at least 45 minutes to drive to groups office. They are a different group than the one my doctor belongs to. This crack group had NO record of ever doing my sleep study analysis.


This new Doctor I am sure will want of course to do a full examination of me which I will politely refuse. An examination of course comes along with a much higher fee than just a lousy prescription. All I need is for him to write a supposed prescription after he reads the study report his group wrote in the first place to adjust the the new devices air pressure which is way too high. It would be real easy to read the report and send me a prescription without having to have an appointment.


I am finished ? Not so fast Tonto..


Then I have to find some medical supply company to take the machine with prescription to actually do the work of adjusting the pressure. The medical supply company will not want to do this job as they want sell you or me a CPAP machine at a high over priced amount than what I purchased one for on the internet. The internet supplier is not allowed by law to set the pressure! Spare me! My guess is that it will take another 2-3 appointment to get the new pressure actually set. This has dragged on as I knew this whole experience would be gut wrenching and a huge waste of valuable time.


If you ever wonder why Medical fees are so high and cost spiralling out of control this is just one small example of total mumbo jumbo to just generate fees. Trust me when I say no one who does not need to use a CPAP machine will just out of the blue decide they want to experiment and use one.  It take a long time to adjust to sleeping with mask on your face! All of this waste of time and money could be solved very easily but will not be..


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Have to Attend Unneeded/Wanted Medical Appointment Today!


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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Bob, what a headache. I do hope you are able to get the pressure fixed in CPAP  machine.  I took a sleep apnea test, what an ordeal. But I do not have to use a mask, thank goodness for that.

Nov 17, 2016 04:26 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


OMG, and I worked as a consultant to specialty Doctors,  and I hear you.  A

Nov 17, 2016 05:00 AM #2
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Hi Bob, my father had sleep apnea in his last few years and I learned quite a bit about it. The doctors made hi wear this really uncomfortable mask and he hated it.

Nov 17, 2016 07:15 AM #3
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Medical costs are out of control . . . . and we wonder why?

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 17, 2016 10:04 AM #4
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Robert Bob Gilbert , I also have used one for several years.  It is a System One, made by Phillips.  It even has an SD card and an app so they can print out all the readings of how you sleep.  It is called a sleepmapper. I havent had it long enough to wear out yet.  Thanks for giving me something to look forward to. 

Nov 17, 2016 11:25 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This is the problem with the medical profession today.  I hope you work it out, Bob.

Nov 17, 2016 08:23 PM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Dolores also uses a CPAP machine. She has an old machine and now has issues with the equipment.

Nov 17, 2016 09:03 PM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

What a terrible and expensive hassle for you to go through, I am sorry that you have to deal with it.  My Mom has sleep apnea as well, she had some sort of surgery a long time ago and I think it is better, but she still uses an oxygen machine at night.

Nov 17, 2016 09:11 PM #8
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Bob-That wearing the device does not sound like fun and the process to get it set up is pretty tough too.

Nov 18, 2016 05:45 AM #9
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Wayne Johnson - Wearing a CPAP evry night is no fun and takes a fairly long time to teach yourself to sleep. The Medical industry along with Federal Government make the whole process a costly ordeal. 

Nov 18, 2016 05:53 AM #10
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thank you everyone for your comments. My appointment turned out to be a big plus. I will write a post about this experience. 

Nov 18, 2016 05:54 AM #11
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, had not heard to have sleep apnea, but so many do.  What a mess, and sorry you had to go through all this!  

Nov 21, 2016 09:45 PM #12
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