Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam
magicmarmot

A few weeks back I did a sleep study, and was diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Since then I've been playing insurance tag, but I finally got my new machine yesterday, and tried it last night. I suspect that my insurance company won't pay for it so I'll be having to pay out-of-pocket a couple thousand bucks (ouchie), but we'll see. They've been blocking attempts to pre-authorize treatments in some really weird ways, and annoying the nice medicine folks (things like saying "this is the wrong number to call" even though it states that on the card and their own records, transferring them to black holes, hangups and the like).

Most treatment uses what's called a CPAP machine. Mine is a little different, as it's an APAP, or auto-titrating CPAP machine-- basically it automatically adjusts the pressure as needed while I'm sleeping.

I'll try and get a picture of the frexy Star-Wars headgear that I get to wear at night. A description can't do it justice, as there's a whole head-strap system that is awesomely sexy, and this sort of snorkel-thing.

This is close:



Which really looks a lot more comfortable than this:



The first night-- well, there was supposed to be the possibility that I wouldn't wake up groggy because of all the restful sleep I'd gotten.

Phbbbbt. I was groggier than usual, and even slept through the first few minutes of the alarm clock.

Okay, wearing this rig is a bit unusual. It's providing pressure when you're breathing, so the initial few minutes feel a little invasive, and it's a little more work to exhale than you're used to, but you get used to it pretty quickly. There's another part when you shut it off where it feels like the air is being sucked out of your lungs that's even freakier.

The weird part is that today I feel like that pretty much continuously. It's disturbing. I suspect that it's something I'll get used to eventually, but for now it's just weird.

I am in a better mood today, but I don't chalk that up to the APAP machine. I'll give it a few days and see.

And this is funny.
Tags: sleep apnea
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