Good evening, everyone! I’m coming to you with a somewhat unusual situation you might not have encountered before. I hope you can help me.
Like so many of you, I have challenges with masks, CPAP settings for humidifier and the ramp, proper positioning of the machine in order to get the best access to it while in bed, etc. Unlike many here, though, I struggle with other issues that could be getting in the way of my learning all I need to learn about my sleep apnea so I can get the maximum benefit from CPAP therapy sooner rather than later. For starters, I’m legally blind. Not always being able to see what I’m doing, or not being able to see my own facial features well enough to determine if the full-face mask I was given is the one I really should be using in the first place is really frustrating. When I received my CPAP equipment, a respiratory therapist made a home visit so she could show me how to use it. While helpful, I’m still struggling with mask adjustment. Maybe I just haven’t found an adequate seal and strap combination that will result in comfort and minimal leaks.
I also have asthma, so getting comfortable with pre-existing breathing issues while dealing with constant air flow has been an interesting experience. Instead of staying asleep when pressure begins to rise, I wake up because it’s hard to exhale. What do you use to deal with this? Does some form of relaxation like meditation work? What about short-term medication until I get the hang of it so I can gradually get off it and continue sleeping without incident?
I see my pulmonary specialist in about a month, so I’m sure I’ll be able to talk to him about these issues then. I just thought I’d put my concerns out here in case there’s anybody who can help me get on track and stay that way until appointment day rolls around.
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer.