I know that all of us clydes have a higher risk for many health problems. One of mine that is partially related to my clydeness is sleep apnea. (although it runs in the family so even if I lose the weight it probably won's solve it.) Over the last few years I've spent a lot of time trying to take care of my health as a whole, meaning physical and mental. In the process of getting my overall health back in order after years of neglect I have spent countless hours in Dr.'s offices and hospitals. I had surgery a year and a half ago to reconstruct the septum in my nose and they basically took a roto-rooter to my nose and opened up the airway. Insurance covered this completely. I left the hospital a few hours later and was sore and couldn't breath through my nose for a week. since then I have had allergy problems year round. That surgery did not help my sleep apnea and actually has caused more harm than good. The Doctor sent me to a sleep clinic in December for a sleep study to see how often I stopped breathing in my sleep, how long I stopped breathing, what my oxygen levels dropped to and basically to see how hard my body was trying to kill itself. I returned to the sleep clinic February 7th for another sleep study, but this time using a CPAP (constant positive air pressure) machine. They told me my insurance would cover the machine and I would have it 3 weeks from that day. (would be tomorrow) I get a call from the medical equipment supplier this afternoon and she asks "which would you like to hear first, the good news, or the bad news?" I told her I'd be hearing both anyway, so start with the one she wanted to. She told me my machine was in and she could deliver it Monday. But the bad news is, I have to pay a COD of $304.71. I was quite shocked by this and asked why. Apparently I have a 50% co-pay for durable medical equipment. I guess it's my fault for not digging up the packet I got when I got this insurance through my employer almost 3 years ago, but when someone tells me something is covered under my insurance, I figure it's completely covered, or I'd have to pay my $40 perscription co-pay or something like that. I'm not saying that it isn't worth the $304, but it came as a shock. I can't put a price on my health, and for all the parts of my life that will get better, it's a bargain at 4 times the pric. It's just a shock. I should have checked up on it myself before, but I didn't.
and now on to some questions.
Does anyone here have sleep apnea, or know anyone with it?
do you/they have a CPAP machine?
do you/they actually use it?
have you noticed significant benefits in your quality of life?
any weight loss that you believe is helpd by your treatment? (sleep apnea is said to cause weight gain, so I would think treating it would slow, stop or possibly undo some of it.)
and if anyone has anything else to add feel free.
thanks for reading this exceptionally long post