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Because it's not just the cost of the treatment facility. It's copayments for the doctor's appointments they've wanted me to get, and the labwork those appointments have generated, and physical therapy, and and and. (In the interest of full disclosure, I have been using some of the money raised to cover the PT costs; it's all part and parcel of the same process, but since it wasn't something I explicitly stated I was raising the money for, I've felt dishonest for doing it.)

And now I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea and need to be fitted with a face-hugger.

There are days I question the value of it all.

Would it help any -

Date: 2013-05-03 12:33 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] murphymom
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- if you tried to think of it as "deferred maintenance"? I mean, it's not like any of these things are brand-new. Hugs offered - also, I have two sets of bookends for you.

Date: 2013-05-02 07:13 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] lysanderpuck.livejournal.com
My dad uses the sleep apnea mask and his quality of life has improved so, so much. The last time he went to a sleep test the tech was like "I'm really surprised you've lived this long" because he spent more time suffocating than he did resting. D:

Anyway. Hang in there, sweetie. I'm sorry I can't help financially, but you're in my thoughts and I'm rooting for you!!

Date: 2013-05-02 07:31 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ravan.livejournal.com
The face hugger really makes sleeping better. Sleeping better keeps all the fatigue and depression let up a bit, and makes you more capable of dealing with shit. I have one, it's why I'm mostly human and can think now.

Date: 2013-05-02 09:41 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] johno.livejournal.com
Yes it's worth it.

Your health and well-being is the goal

$$, Doctors, PT, CPAP are parts of the path.

Date: 2013-05-02 10:03 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] realmjit.livejournal.com
Apnea can trash your sleep in ways you don't realize, because you get so used to feeling like crap all the time.

The Wookiee's snoring problem was completely eliminated by the face-hugger. The downside was that he swallowed so much air in his sleep that he woke up with bad case of the toot-toots.

Date: 2013-05-02 10:48 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] hederaivy.livejournal.com
A cpap may go a long way towards helping with everything else. Better sleep can mean better emotional health which can lead to less food craving. When your serotonin levels become more balanced, your adrenal glands calm down, which can really help with weight loss, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
It makes me angry that our insurance-company-ruled medical conglomerate makes it so hard to pay for things that will give us a decent quality of life. If you subtract the money worries, do you -feel- better?

Date: 2013-05-03 04:07 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] silkensteel.livejournal.com
YES.

I'm living proof that shorting sleep is dangerous to things not apparent to the person shorting the sleep. And inadequate chronic sleep dep causes brain damage.

Oooh, I'm having a hot flash. Excuse me a second.

There, that's better. :)

Anyway. Get the CPAP, wear it, don't feel guilty or like a failure or some other thing. It's a bad place to be, feeling like a failure. Been there. Oh wait, I still have a parking space there.


Not really sure what else to say. [livejournal.com profile] hederaivy said it right. Don't be surprised if a CPAP reduces the severity of your typical lung-crud infection too. Does that help?

Date: 2013-05-02 11:56 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] kengr
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Just a note about the face-huggers.

They make it possible to pull the blankets over your head on a cold night (or just to hide from the world) and *not* have to emerge a few minutes later because the air is stale.

Date: 2013-05-03 05:56 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] ravan.livejournal.com
I will second this. I can totally cocoon in the winter, and never need to worry about breathing. It's like a sleep snorkel in winter.

Date: 2013-05-03 06:54 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] camille.livejournal.com
I am not saying that the CPAP will be a magic pill to weight loss and relief of depression, but Oh GODDESS it could help! Yes it is more money, but this is a huge helpful crutch to help you get what you want, healthy!

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