I try really hard to be compliant with things that doctors tell me to do.
Right now though, I have so many things that I need to be compliant on, that sometimes I just don’t feel like it.
The CPAP machines is one of things that I have the most trouble with. I don’t feel like I get a good nights sleep when I wear it. I haven’t even tried to wear it since last Monday.
I saw the NP at the pulmonologist again and she went over my results with me. Since the last time I saw her, I wore my CPAP 75% of the time for an average of 4 hours. That is an improvement from the average of 2 hours and 51 minutes, but it’s not good enough. Especially since I am not wearing the CPAP every night. I might keep it on on average for longer, but I’m wearing it less often.
We discussed the different options and I did explain to her that I have tried all of the available masks. I’m quite limited mask wise since I need something that covers both my mouth and my nose. I have tried all of the masks that the respiratory company offers and I am using the one that works the best for me.
We did talk about getting a dental guard instead of the CPAP, but I don’t think that would work better for me than the CPAP. I have used a mouth guard before to avoid teeth clenching during times of stress and I always find it somewhere in my bed by morning. At least with the CPAP, I have to conciously take it off. I would never be able to tell how long the mouth guard stays in.
The machine wakes me up a lot of nights because the mask starts to leak. I usually end up waking up, fixing the mask and going back to sleep a couple of times until I eventually get frustrated and take it off sometime in the middle of the night.
What is comes down to though, is even if I rip it off in the middle of the night, I need to try wearing it each and every night. The NP was quite stern about that.
She reminded me that even though my sleep apnea is considered mild, I do still have it. Also, even though it’s mild does not mean that it will go away with weight loss. This could be something that I am dealing with for life.
She was at least very understanding about what I was saying and I got the feeling that she was glad that I was being honest about it.