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Old 06-29-2007, 10:27 AM   #21
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I'm back from my trip and I took my CPAP in my carryon bag. I left the humidifier unit at home as I sometimes go without it at home and we were traveling to the Gulf Coast of Florida, to Sanibel Island. Constant access to plenty of humidity! So I just had the main CPAP unit and the mask and tubing. Having it as carryon was no hassle at all. In one airport the TSA screener saw it on the xray and pulled me out of line while she swiped it for explosive residue. She was quick and polite and was done by the time I got my shoes back on.

We were there for 4 days and on our last morning I woke up early because my CPAP had turned off! The problem was that the entire island had lost power. It was our morning to leave anyway, so this all worked out fine.
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:33 PM   #22
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Ok then, getting back to the original topic.....
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The Canadian healthcare system won't pay for your surgery - even when the mask isn't working for you? Here, insurance will pay for the surgery, even if it's elective.
Many years ago I went to a specialist who recomended laser sugery, that cost appoximatly 8 years ago was $2,500.00 (done in his office) which was no covered by OHIP, but had a much quicker recovery time. The second option was to have surgery in the hospital (non laser) a lot more painfull, but being self employed would require time off in which I loose a lot of work....more then $2,500.00 as well as loose some of my present customer. Therefore it wasn't an option for me. Since then the government with there cutbacks have decided that no surgery related to snoring would be covered.
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Did you try the nasal pillow system? The mask does not take that long to get used to. I thought I would not be able to tolerate the mask - but now I could not imagine sleeping without it. I have not missed a single night in almost 2 years. Even if you have surgery you may still experience apnea - Don't give up when such an easy solution is available. A friend of mine lost a relative because they would not comply with the therepy. Give it another try!
No I have not tried the nasal pillow. As for the mask, I know I can't sleep with it and my neighbor also has the same concerns, she tries and tries after several years and still can't seem to adjust to it. Presently whenever I sleep on my back, I always have nightmares, and according to DW that's when I stop breathing the most and longest. I sometimes wake her up from a deep sleep when I gasp for air.
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I split off the discussion with MyKidsLoveDogs concerning the health care bureaucracy: Hoop, hurdles and health care in US
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I'm sorry you are having a hard time with it all. I felt the same way in the sleep lab about having all the wires and monitoring. I was surprised that I was able to sleep at all. The 2nd trip to the sleep lab was much easier. I knew what to expect and wanted to have the opportunity to use a CPAP and ask the technicians all the questions I had.

I find the nasal pillows Mirage Swift CPAP Mask a lot less cumbersome and less intrusive. I wear glasses and I wanted to be able to read in bed while wearing the CPAP, get sleepy and take off the glasses and turn off the light and go to sleep. I don't find it claustrophobic at all, in fact it's kind of comforting.

There are a few Apnea/CPAP forums. Lots of people going through the same issues and discussing problems and solutions. Maybe you can find some advice. Here's a forum that is active www.cpaptalk.com CPAP and Sleep Apnea Discussion Forum and people identify what equipment they are using.
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I had no idea that there were Apnea/CPAP forums. Thanks for much for the link, I think I'm going to take a look at that site soon.
I think in conclusion, I need to see my family doctor again. It's been several years since I've tried, I think now that I have more time available, I owe it to my DW and kids, not to mention myself to get this looked after.
I remember saying to my DW once, "boy am I tired" and her response was, "I've never know you not to be tired". OUCH!
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