Saturday, May 31, 2008

A Freak in the bedroom!

Okay, so it is not what you think - though my husband would love it if it were ;-)

No, what I'm talking about is Obstructive Sleep Apnea and sleeping with the aid of a CPAP mask and machine. Five years ago I was diagnosed with severe OSA but instead of going with the recommendation of using a CPAP machine, I opted out because I was vain.
I found myself drowsy in the mornings and pinching myself to stay awake on the morning commute. Now that I have been sleeping with the aid of the machine, I haven't been cutting off my oxygen levels thereby causing sleep deprivation and risking heart attack, stroke and much more!
I may look like a freak but at least I'll live to tell about it.

Here I am on my 2nd week and 3 masks later. My first mask I called 'fighter pilot', the 2nd I called 'pig nose' and this 3rd one I call 'the diver'.


I hope the diver will be the one for me. You can read more on Obstructive Sleep Apnea here.

2 comments:

Dr. Larry Barsh said...

If CPAP is not working for you, you could try an oral appliance.

More info at www.snoringisntsexy.com and www.quietsleep.com.
Dr. Barsh

HobbyZu said...

Are you sure that first one isn't some sort of sports cup/jock strap doohickie. hee-hee

You know, I think there's a way to be a freak in the bedroom with that contraption. Your hubby will thank you. ;-)

Ooh, let me know if the recommendation of the previous poster is a viable one.
Glad to hear the mask is helping you. :-)

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