Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

CPAP, the Sequel

Back to the Bay Sleep Center near El Camino Hospital, this time for an 8 pm appointment. Instead of the cute young woman tech this time it was a middle-aged Filipino. Nice guy. While he wired me up we had a chat comparing the price of hookers in Manila to the ones in Bangkok. He was surprised how expensive Bangkok was. Manila sounds like Bangkok did in the 70s.

He measured me for a mask, we went with the full mouth+nose variety since I snore. It was comfortable enough, not nearly as claustrophobic as the ones Kaiser had given us. He started the machine at a low pressure, and did not ramp it up much overnight, so it was not like breathing into a hurricane like the previous machine. I took an Ambien beforehand, but it didn't help me get to sleep. I was comfortable enough, and tired enough ( the previous night I had trouble sleeping due to an ear ache), but just didn't doze off.

When I did it was for most of the night. Bedtime was about 9 pm, I woke up once at 4:30 or so. Decided I didn't need to pee that badly, since wake-up time was 5:30. I was up for good at 5:40, tech came in to wake me 5 minutes later. When he removed the tube I could feel how much pressure was being pumped in, more than I thought.

I hate to say it, but I could work with this machine, if the results are enough of an improvement. It is definitely better than the Provent inserts.

When I woke up I was a little out of it, I blame the Ambien. By the time I had answered the check-out questions and gotten dressed I was good enough to drive.

It was raining a bit. And very dark.

Results from my doctor in about a week. We'll take it from there.

Tags: medical tmi

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