Thank you so much for the amazing support! I am working very hard at keeping the mask on during the night. I am able to tolerate 4 to 5 hours per night. That is about 4 of those hours with good solid sleep. When I get up to use the bathroom, it's a whole process all over again .... getting the mask on and adjusted and falling back to sleep with it. I am looking forward to the night that I can sleep with the mask all night without issues. I was very concerned that Mike, my partner would be kept awake by the sound of the machine and my Darth Vader breathing, but he has assured me that he does not hear a thing. I have a co-worker who uses a BIPAP and is my support person. After our daily work meeting we take a few minutes to talk about our apnea and our machines and it has been a great help. Reading your responses has been a great help as well. I am very blessed to have such great support!
2nd night was a bit easier. But I still could not back it through the night. I have the warm air humidifier in my unit and have noticed that my body temperature seems to go up too. Or perhaps it was anxiety.
As of last night I began using CPAP with a nose mask. I had a rough night because I felt like I was smothering. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can let go and give control to the machine?
I look forward to hearing from you.