Getting My CPAP Machine Monday.

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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This is becoming my sleep apnea/CPAP diary. Last night I logged 6:20 with the device. So far, an increase every night over three nights.

The great news is that Schneider must be ok with my progress because they bumped my start date up from 9/27 to 9/20. So I leave on Sunday to start orientation on Monday. Perseverance pays off at times.

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Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

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.

Harvey C.'s Comment
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Wow, impressive they are monitoring that actively, but they are probably desperate for more drivers. Congrats!

Side note: My doctor is obese (like me) and told me that CPAP use helps with weight loss, but didn't explain how. However, he told me he had quit using his CPAP. What a motivator, lol.

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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Wow, impressive they are monitoring that actively, but they are probably desperate for more drivers. Congrats!

Side note: My doctor is obese (like me) and told me that CPAP use helps with weight loss, but didn't explain how. However, he told me he had quit using his CPAP. What a motivator, lol.

Thanks Harvey. Yeah, that was very unexpected but great news. Also, if there is any truth to CPAP benefiting weight loss, I would welcome that. I need to lose 15 lbs to get to my goal.

My recent experience leads me to believe that FMSCA is getting more strict about sleep apnea. My last DOT physical Dr. told me that. It follows that companies are following suit. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, young guys take note. If you get tagged for a sleep study, it will follow you around indefinitely. May be a problem, may not be depending on your particular situation.

Keep the weight down so you have an acceptable BMI index. Monitor your blood pressure so it stays under 140/90. Monitor your blood sugar level to keep it out of diabetic range. Eat healthy, avoid starches, drink plenty of water.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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Part of CPAP treatment related to weight loss is that you are now moving through the different stages of sleep appropriately, which allows the restorative sleep that your body needs in order to heal, and operate effectively. If I can figure out how to upload a photo, I can show a collage of what 6 years of treatment did, just in my face.

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.

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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Upper left, a month before my sleep study. Upper right, the DAY I hit my head severely and had a concussion. The others are random throughout the years between.

My avatar is me weeks ago. At 41 I look younger, feel better, don't look so puffy,and actually sleep.

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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Upper left, a month before my sleep study. Upper right, the DAY I hit my head severely and had a concussion. The others are random throughout the years between.

My avatar is me weeks ago. At 41 I look younger, feel better, don't look so puffy,and actually sleep.

I give up lol suffice it to say, it wasn't pretty back then lol

Bruce K.'s Comment
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So far, so good. Passed my physical and completed the second day of orientation. One young man in the class is a very nice person, but he is struggling to learn the Schneider tablet workflow. I hope he makes it because he is an experienced driver but has never been exposed to Schneider type technology. Fortunately, we have a very patient instructor who has shifted his attention to helping this student.

Tomorrow is the road test. This should be the final hurtle.

Really enjoying getting back in the mix. Very challenging but super interesting.

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