Living With and Managing Sleep Apnea
JIM: I had this problem throughout my life. Driving was always a problem, and I tried to make sure that no place I ever had to go was very far away because I knew I'd fall asleep. Carol Lynn was complaining about snoring and, more specifically, snoring and then long periods of nothing,
and then a gasp when I would, you know, start breathing again. Obviously, I wanted to enjoy my life with my children more than I felt that I was enjoying it. It's Saturday morning, and the kids are at your bed ready to do something, and I'm just like, quot;I gotta sleep, guys. I'm sorry. I can't play with you. I can't do this.quot; And I look back and I'm like, quot;This just can't be right.quot;
I had been talking to my about possibly having depression symptoms. I remember the other thing that I said to the when I went was that I no longer had any dreams. If you're not getting into REM sleep, you have no dreams. And so she's the one who then said, quot;Okay, we're gonna send you for a sleep study.quot; I spent the night there.
The amount of times that I was technically waking, and as low as my blood oxygen levels were, it was extreme. I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. Surgery, as it turned out, really wasn't a good option for me. The next step was that my did prescribe a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.
The idea is they have to get the air pressure to your nose or your mouth or both in order to keep your airway open while you sleep. Because it wasn't comfortable for me to use, I was not using it as well as I should have been, in some cases not at all for weeks at a time. And things got worse, other symptoms appeared. I felt confused and out of it and just not right.
And I realized that I really needed to figure out a way to learn to live with this contraption. Now I'm at the point where I am consistently using it and have been for a long period of time. I definitely feel better. I'm looking forward to feeling better yet. Certainly, I have more energy to do activities with the children than I did before, and we do more.
Face Cozy Relief for CPAP and Oxygen Mask Strap Marks and Irritation
For people with sleep Apnea, or other respiratory ailments, there is absolutely nothing attractiveabout wearing a CPAP mask or an oxygen mask. But they they save lives, so I guess that'sattractive! My problem was I was getting up every morning with ugly indications onmy face from the mask straps. Facing the mirror in the morning wasn't pretty, it was depressing! And so I tried everything available to fix the problem. There was nothing. They say necessity is the mother of invention and I had a need. So I developed the Face Cozy a soft fleece face protector, that would fit comfortably under the mask.
Face Cozys are great for elderly patients who have problems with air from oxygen masks blowing in their eyes Creating dry eye problems. Because the fleece does not absorb water, the face stays dry. Many people are allergic to the plastics are used in air masks. This can lead tosome forms of dermatitis resulting from contact with silicone or other materials in the mask.These kinds of problems can make people so uncomfortable that they refuse towear the appliances. But this is very dangerous when lives are at stake.
The Face Cozy solves these problems. Waking up in the morning without skin indentations is a bonus. So get the Face Cozy and snuggle into your therapy!.