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Old 08-20-2014, 20:32   #41
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Sorry to see this, Daytona, but I know you'll be applying your tenacity in ferreting out the best possible methodology! I'm of scant help to you because I was originally fitted by my own son, and he left no stone unturned. He is prob'ly the reason I didn't go find a CPAP forum or seek other online advice, because he was a phone call away & only too willing to be 'boss' to his own mom!

I was uninsured in the beginning . . . then when I aged into Medicare five years ago, I got the sleep study, and a new machine besides, so now I'm good to go for about anything. I'm just sorry you have to wait so long and endure a second study when it all could've been done much more quickly and efficiently. I think if I were you, I'd opt for the family leave so as to remove any risks involved in being sleep deprived for another few weeks. ((((Daytona))))




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Sorry to see this Daytona!! I know nothing about CPAP, so nothing to add there. But knowing you, I am sure you will have all your ducks in a row well before your next study!

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If there is an oxygen supply place near you, see if they will rent a machine. You may have to buy the mask, but that's cheaper than the machine. My insurance (Canada) paid for my machine, a call to yours may be a good idea.

If you can't get anything, raise the head of your bed a few inches. Also, sleep with another pillow or a blanket or towel tucked under your chin to keep your airway straighter. Those things helped me until I got my diagnosis, even before I knew I had sleep apnea.

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Before my diagnosis, I was sleeping sitting up in an upholstered chair. It wasn't the greatest, but it was better than when I'd try to lie down to sleep. Is that a possibility for you?




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Before my diagnosis, I was sleeping sitting up in an upholstered chair. It wasn't the greatest, but it was better than when I'd try to lie down to sleep. Is that a possibility for you?
Good idea, I am going to try that tonight. When I doze off in my chair, I don't think I snore.

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So today I decided to make a pest of myself and phoned every sleep center in the Chicago area looking for someone who would see me sooner. When I found someone who would do a titration study tonight, I thought I was all set, boy was I wrong!

The hospital is refusing to send my original order for the sleep study to the other place. Lots of excuses and attempts to cancel my current appointment ensued when they heard that I was trying to go elsewhere. I even had the new sleep center call the hospital (bless their heart, they have been very nice so far!) but even with that they refused.

I then called my GP who originally referred me to the hospital. They have the results from Sunday's study and surely they could send a new order to this place. Well my GP left the practice... They said they would have one of the other doctors fax an order for me but it's been 5 hours and nothing.

I plan on sitting at my doctor's office as long as it takes tomorrow until they do as they said they would. I know it seems silly to make such an issue out of this, what is 3 weeks anyway, but I feel like I have lost it. I'm hopping mad about how the hospital is treating me, on top of everything else I'm going through, and I'm not going to stop until I get what I deserve.

Thanks for listening and apologies for side-tracking this thread. I just needed to share.

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You go, girl . . . there's no excuse for this infighting - they're just being territorial and petty.




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Oh i feel ya SO bad on your doc quitting the practice.. happened to me and i havent seen a doc YET... the practice wouldnt see me until i could get a medicaid card with one of their names on it (instead of my doc who left) medicaid gave me a card with a doc NOT in the practice on it, and thats all she wrote.. now im in the process of getting my medical moved to another county as my butt moves so still, no doc.. and its been more than six months since ive seen one. ::sigh:: Good luck!!!! The way they are treating you is pathetic!!! Used to be the patient could choose where she got her treatment!

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Sleep apnea is an odd duck - it won't kill you - quickly - in and of itself so it tends to be treated as a serious NBD (yes, I meant to use that incompatible word combo).

Welcome to a new world of frustration.

After DH and I got our masks and first machine, we did get doctor's prescriptions and bought back-up/travel machines over the internet.

Getting a mask that fits can be an interesting experience.

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Nancy, tell me more about your travel machines. I'm in the market for one…please!




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