Getting My CPAP Machine Monday.

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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To my surprise the new machine came in pretty quick. The sleep study was on Aug 29, so this is good news. I really expected a longer wait. Monday I go in to get trained on how to use it at the Sleep Disorder Clinic. As soon as I achieve compliance, I can get scheduled in for orientation. The long wait may finally be just about over.

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Glad to hear things are falling in line for you, Bruce! Are you going with Schneider (if memory serves)?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Glad to hear things are falling in line for you, Bruce! Are you going with Schneider (if memory serves)?

Yes, Schneider. They start orientations every Monday in Green Bay. So I could (best case scenario) be starting on the 20th. I will be in their accelerated program since I drove for them previously. Just happy to get another opportunity. And good luck to you with your career.

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!

Old School's Comment
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That was surprisingly quick Bruce. Congratulations! I know that was a relief to get that news. Now you've got to scramble and get everything ready to go!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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That was surprisingly quick Bruce. Congratulations! I know that was a relief to get that news. Now you've got to scramble and get everything ready to go!

Thanks PR & OS,

Yeah, it was a great relief to jump what I hope is the final hurtle. Because of the delays I've experienced, I've gotten almost everything done that I need to do. And Schneider has been very patient with me while I sorted things out.

Harvey C.'s Comment
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Great news, Bruce. How comfortable was the mask you wore during your study? Will you be getting the same kind? I had quit using a CPAP for about 10 years and I thought the mask I had during my study was great but I think that was partly because of them giving me Lorazepam to help make sure I slept okay. After I started wearing one at home I decided it was not so great. I don't know how Medicare works with this but most providers replace your mask if you don't like it in the first 30 days. I had to pay out of pocket for my own but have tried six different masks, ending up with the the third one I bought as being my go-to mask (Resmed N20). It's important to have one you find comfortable so that you are able to be compliant.

Good luck!

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Harvey, I didn't have to use a mask during my study. I was just hooked up to about 30 sensors and a wire harness big enough to power everything on a Freightliner. And they gave me an Ambien to get to sleep. The highlight was when a very pretty technician tucked me in and wished me sweet dreams.

Harvey C.'s Comment
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Bet you had some nice dreams! Actually, I read the only way we can remember our dreams is if we are not fully asleep. I usually end up doing some sort of work in my dreams!

If you have any choice in what you get for a mask, you might read reviews of some masks on the apenaboard forum. Some people that are mouth breathers get by with a nasal mask (only covers nose) by using some surgical tape and taping their lips shut.

I believe the Ambien and Lorazepam may exaggerate the problems as does alcohol consumption before going to bed (according to very experienced folks on the same forum). Even so, I know I have problems even without because my watch shows my oxygen saturation drops when I take a nap or if I take off my mask early in the morning for a bathroom break and go back to sleep without.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Welcome back to the road Mr Bruce!!

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