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Turquoiseturtle

Turquoiseturtle
Joined Apr 2018
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Retired kindergarten teacher, cyclist, bead maker, turtle farmer, origami and quilling artist.

Turquoiseturtle
Joined Apr 2018
Bio

Retired kindergarten teacher, cyclist, bead maker, turtle farmer, origami and quilling artist.

Thanks for something positive. My diagnosis of sleep apnea came as a complete shock. There was no gasping for breath, no snoring, seemed to sleep well, 8 hours with no apparent waking, but my concentration for reading had definitely suffered over the last several years. I attributed this to aging. I also blamed aging for my average speed as a cyclist dropping drastically. 2 and a half years ago, my heart began acting up, and over the next 6 months of testing, the PVCs became more frequent and eventually left me with worrisome chest pains. The Dr. could find no cause for the PVCs, and eventually a sleep study was ordered. A combination of OSA and central apnea in the mild range was the verdict. That's still 40-60 events per night. No REM sleep, no dreaming. (When others talked about dreams, I always commented on my complete lack of dreams.) I started treatment immediately after diagnosis. There is so much negative about those "horrible CPAP machines" that I was not thrilled about the prospect. I am happy to say, my choice of mask etc. was totally workable from day one, and (until this week*) has been used every single night. My AHI average over 30 days hovers around .5, I'm again reading a book a week and I feel better cycling, but sadly speed is not coming back. A.G.E. syndrome, most likely. *spent 3 nights in hospital with hubby, who broke a hip in cycling accident last week, when a car pulled out on us.