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gypsy +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster

Hi, new to forum, am a partner of cpap hubby, just wondering if you have an area on this forum where partners can connect, Thanks Sue

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wiredgeorge +1 point · over 2 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

gypsy, Guys seem to resist accepting that they may have OSA and wives tend to prod them. Often, snoring is the main issue or the wife is alarmed that hubby starts breathing with a gasp. Even then, hubby tends to discount OSA as an issue. This is what happened in my case and my missus took a video of me gasping for breath after not breathing for over a minute. I couldn't believe it and she prodded me into seeing my primary care doc who prescribed a sleep study. That was the start of therapy and as much as I hate to admit my wife was right (like most always), I feel tons better. There have been many cases of wives popping in for info/support but they seldom hang around long term. Not sure why. Stick around for awhile and try and find these past posts and see if any will connect and perhaps stay around long enough for other gals in your position to connect with you! Good luck and don't give up on your guy and perhaps smarter folks who run the forum can think of somewhere or somehow where these connections can be facilitated!

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jnk +0 points · over 2 years ago

If I may second what wiredgeorge said, please feel free to use this area for that discussion. Although I am not in any way connected with the fine folks running this forum (I respect them all, but I am a staunch independent), my personal position is that partner support is a very important factor in successful treatment, not just a secondary topic. Anything specific on your mind as a PAP partner?

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gypsy +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster

Thanks for your replies. Not new to cpap, hubby been using machines for around 30 years so have been very supportive. Just found I am not sleeping so well these days and the machine noise / air is more noticeable. Getting to the stage of moving into another bedroom which isn't ideal. Perhaps I just need to get myself some earplugs, so that might do the trick. Thanks for listening.

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sleeptech +2 points · over 2 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

Consider that you can get a new, and very quiet, machine for a very reasonable price. Have a look at www.secondwindcpap.com or similar sites. It may be worth it if it stops you moving out of your bedroom.

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gypsy +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster

machine not so much a problem, think its more the mask. He has a newer type that fits in nose not over mouth so find more air escaping from mouth. Talking to him about perhaps wearing a chin strap some times as a compromise, but understand that is quite constrictive and reduces his sleep, so will work on a compromise. He was diagnosed back when he was 30 so he's done some hard 30 years so won't push it.

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jnk +0 points · over 2 years ago

I will leave it to sleeptech to explain the importance of stopping mouth leak and how to do so. I am a bit posted out on the subject.

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