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Sierra

Sierra
Joined Jul 2018
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CPAP: AirSense 10 AutoSet

Max Pressure: 13 cm

Min Pressure: 12.2 cm

Ramp: Auto

Ramp Start: 9 cm

EPR: 3, Ramp Only

Mask: ResMed AirFit P10 Nasal Pillow

Canada

Sierra
Joined Jul 2018
Bio

CPAP: AirSense 10 AutoSet

Max Pressure: 13 cm

Min Pressure: 12.2 cm

Ramp: Auto

Ramp Start: 9 cm

EPR: 3, Ramp Only

Mask: ResMed AirFit P10 Nasal Pillow

Canada

My thoughts are to keep expectations in check. I've worn glasses since I was about 10 years old or so. When I first get a new pair they are perfect, but slowly regress as time goes by. New pair is like seeing the light again. But, now as I get older, I know what to expect.

If we skip forward to CPAP, my expectations were low. In fact I was hoping I would get diagnosed with not having apnea. Not the case, so now I use one. Did I ever expect it would lower my blood pressure, lower my cholesterol, prevent heart disease, reverse my diabetes, and keep my pants from wearing, tearing, or sagging at the knees? No, I did not. It does reduce my apnea, or so my machine tells me. Better sleep? Perhaps slightly. I do sleep through the night now about 50-70% of the time. Never did before. Is it worth it. Probably. Was it easy? No, but I figured it out. Good thing my expectations were low...

Then I start to realize that I do not hear so well. In a restaurant I can't hear the conversation at the table. So then come the hearing aids. They are going to cure everything? Right? Well they don't. This time I expected more but got less. That is my current project -- lowering expectations to reality.

Next the vision issue comes back. I notice that I can see well with one eye, but not the other. Go for a check, and it is not a simple pair of a new prescription. The optometrist tells me I have a cataract. So, now we research IOL options. My vision is going to be made perfect again? I hope so, but I'm starting to learn. Lower those expectations again...

Bottom line. There is a price to getting older, and there is a benefit in keeping expectations in check! Age happens!