Category: "Healthcare"

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01/02/09

  03:05:36 pm, by The Dreamer   , 301 words  
Categories: Appliances, Healthcare

Nutriteam Countertop Water Distiller Stainless

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Nutriteam-Countertop-Water-Distiller-Stainless/dp/B000ANW7HQ

This is what FedEx brought me today.

Now, I had on occasion thought about getting a water distiller, to deal with the funky taste that tap water has sometimes...the PuR filter dispenser doesn't help with. But, wasn't sure about the expense, or the taste of distilled water.

I had considered getting water delivered to my condo....though not really sure where I'd put a water cooler or how to deal with getting the deliveries and doing the returns. Plus not really sure I could handle the expense...though it might address the question of whether I'm drinking enough water.

But, now that I need access to distilled water to fill the humidifier for my CPAP machine....this desire moved up to the front again.

I know you can buy distilled water from the grocery store, but I live a no-car lifestyle....and its 1.5 miles to the grocery store....and its up hill on the return journey. So, buying a gallon jug of distilled water isn't something I'd like to need to do on a regular basis....ideally, I go once a weekend...though I tend to skip weekends now and then due to weather....too windy, electrical storm, too hot/humid, too icy, too much snow to need to walk through. Plus not all weekends are work....home Wildcat football games kind of mess up traffic in the area.

So, I looked at Amazon Prime to solve this need. And, with that...there was only one choice.

I'm probably only going to use it supply my CPAP humidifier with distilled water. Because it takes so long to make distilled water, and is probably operationally expensive.... Though who knows...maybe when summer rolls around, I'll want to drink plain cold water again...and I might not have done anything to resolve the taste of tap water yet.

At least it isn't San Diego water. &#59;D

  01:50:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 312 words  
Categories: Furnishings, Healthcare

Winsome Wood End Table/Night Stand with Door and Shelf, Natural

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Winsome-Wood-Table-Night-Natural/dp/B000NPSHUC

I've been meaning to get a proper night stand for the other side of my bed for some time...but it wasn't until I became pressed for space due to the addition of a CPAP machine, that I got around to actually buying one.

So, now that I was rushed...I opted to order one online from Amazon.com, that was Amazon Prime eligible (so I could get it quickly) and that was affordable and appeared functional and somewhat attractive.

Well, this night stand turned out to be somewhat flimsier than I had expected, but I probably would've known if I had taken the time to read the reviews on the different options that I was considering. OTOH, there was only one other choice fitting the constraints and it was quite a big more expensive... though it was rated 3.5 stars from two reviews (versus 2.5 stars from 10 reviews).

The other problem with it was that the predrilled holes for the magnetic catch were too close together (so it was use one and not the other)...and the supplied screws popped out the other through the front....so I had to leave the catch loose.

Otherwise, it'll do.

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  11:11:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 427 words  
Categories: Home, Healthcare

PowerSource 400

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Xantrex-Technologies-852-0400-PowerSource-400-Watt/dp/B000E6LEI2

One of the items that UPS brought me today, was a PowerSource 400.

I already had one of these backing up my DSL modem, router, VoIP ATA and cordless phone base, which I had acquired last January....a month after the icepocalypse. And, I was happy with how well it worked, that I had been thinking of getting it to replace another UPS that had failed in my living room.

I still haven't replaced it, but I'll probably get another refurbished SmartUPS for there.

Anyways...having a UPS in the bedroom has been something that I've been thinking of...but the concern has been the noise a UPS makes when the power is out. I have heard of some people drilling holes from adjoining rooms to separate the bedroom from the UPS. But, it wasn't the kind of home improvement that I was interested in making at this point it time.

The idea for the UPS was to protect the pump for my Select Number bed. Even though it isn't supposed to deflate if it loses power, and it was plugged into a surge protector. I think the last 'failure' was connected to the way Westar seems to like kicking my power off for 2-3 seconds every now and then. Now that I have a medical device connected, I thought about filing whatever with them that I have something...but doubt that it would get me anything. The other thing is the aircleaner in my bedroom....it is a 'soft' power switch...so when it loses power, it stays off.

Now with the CPAP, the desire to have a UPS in the bedroom seemed to become that more urgent to me.

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  11:02:16 am, by The Dreamer   , 323 words  
Categories: Healthcare

CPAP Night Four

Well, last night was different...I turned down the humidifier to prevent rain-out, it didn't feel as comfortable as it was the night before. I got a note that my cover has shipped, only its going to the wrong address. It hate it when companies ask for shipping address, but then ignore it and send items to your billing address. Now I have to wait for it to arrive, and then wait for a Saturday when I can make it down to the UPS Store. They did apparently upgrade the shipment to go by priority mail, which just makes it more annoying.

During the night, I had a dream....don't recall the specifics, except that I could tell I was having one....so I woke up, and found that I had rolled over and knocked my mask part way off...and had opened my mouth.

What air was getting up my nose, was coming out of my mouth...

So, I got up and made a trip to the bathroom and the kitchen....and then back to sleep.

Then, I woke up a second time...it was close to before my alarm... So, I decided to just stay up....rather than make a trip to the bathroom, put mask back on and try to get some shuteye during the 45 minutes that was left before the alarm.

Taking the mask off, there was that strange smell and my nose was feeling sore. Wonder if I'm just smelling the part that was being covered by the mask....

Wonder if I'll look strange if I bought Lansinoh (I normally never go to that section of the grocery store, but I was there yesterday when I was looking for baby shampoo). But, people swear by it for mask soreness...and it doesn't contain any additives (so no worries about stuff in it reacting with the mask silicon seals.)

Meanwhile, I'm not sure which way I'll go. Keep humidifier low or risk drowning....

Woohoo, UPS was here....

01/01/09

  12:19:41 pm, by The Dreamer   , 418 words  
Categories: Furnishings, Healthcare

First night with Heated Humidifier

Last night was my first night with the heated humidifier....it was kind of mixed night.

It went on so well, that I wasn't sure it was even working. Other than that I would've had difficulty breathing with the CPAP off, it certainly didn't feel like it was on the same way before the humidifier. Guess the lack of cold dry against the inside of my nose confused me.

So, I spent the first part of the night feeling for the air flow, and then wondering if I was feeling the right air flow. Didn't need ramp (at this stage). However, there was more noise from things last night...I guess its just the added sound of the air going through the humidifier now. Though it might also be that I put the machine in a different spot, due to its added size.

But, this time I was up twice during the night.....rolling over and nearly drowning is kind of a problem. I had ordered a HoseBuddy, to help with getting tangled up in the hose during the night. Maybe I shouldn't have gotten rid of the headboard for my bed a couple of months ago.... I think I debated getting a hose cover, trying to pad my order to be over $99....which I do have one coming. But, it probably won't arrive until after this weekend, so it would mean I have to wait until the 10th to get it from the UPS Store.

Going back to sleep after the near drowning was harder....did feel the need to use ramp once.

Then when I woke up there was a 'new' smell inside my nose. Though later when I was cleaning things, I noticed a lingering smell....guess its a 'feature' of the dish soap I'm using. Guess I'll add baby shampoo or something to my (mental) shopping list. Hopefully I'll remember while grocery shopping hungry....

The fit was a little off, because I was using the medium nasal pillow...it fit okay when I tried it at the Home Medical place, but I guess laying down and moving about in bed...it doesn't fit as well. Guess the large nasal pillow is what I'll stick with using for now.

I recalled a dream from last night....the annoying kind. I dreamed that I had woken up because my nose had water in it, and that I had pulled off the mask and turned off the CPAP and....then I woke up to find that I needed to actually do what I had just dreamed.

12/31/08

  10:06:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 245 words  
Categories: Software, Appliances, Furnishings, Healthcare

Night 2 with the CPAP

Tried a different cushion. Didn't like it....makes different contact with my face that bothered me. RT has suggested the medium nasal pillow might be the right size for me (rather than the large that was prescribed). Think I'll try that one tonight.

Also my head was wet this morning....apparently I was sweating a bit...and the mask/pillow arrangement kept things damp.

Still rough adjusting to the pressure when I first put it on, but when I wake it just feels natural. How I sleep has changed. Though right now instead of getting up half a dozen times through the night to use the bathroom...I do all those trips during the first hour of getting into bed, but I sleep through the night. And, now no more dreaming.....

I picked up the humidifier this morning. Not sure if I can find distilled water to use in it for the first couple of nights.

Meanwhile, I had left the Select Comfort pump unplugged all day...and after I plugged it back in last night, it eventually came to life and I was able to get more air into my mattress.

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12/30/08

  08:52:05 am, by The Dreamer   , 613 words  
Categories: Furnishings, Healthcare

First night with CPAP

Well, I survived. I got home late, I then called my mom and talked for a while, and then I finally started getting ready for bed.

There was a struggle trying to get comfortable and putting on the mask and such in the dark. And, it seemed like I was getting up to use the bathroom more in the first hour than I had done before. Though there have been nights before where I seem to be going every 5 minutes for the first part of the night.

Once I felt the mask was on and I had the machine going. On one hand the lack of backlight on the LCD made it hard to see how it was set, but it didn't really matter...because I could feel whether ramp was selected or not. Then it was that the blue lights of the buttons was really bright. Maybe I'll buy a night stand for the other side of the bed, and see if that works.

I soon seemed to figure out how to swallow with the mask on, and not inflate my ears. Hopefully the initial discomfort of the mask will fade once the heated humidifier shows up. It was bothersome with the cold dry air blowing on the edge of my nostrils.

Now that I'm not all wired up, I decided to try sleeping on my stomach. I often start this way (in the winter time) and then roll over to my back for the rest of the night. It was a problem finding a position on the pillow where the mask didn't shift to leak a lot. I found myself holding the mask in position with one hand as I laid this way. Eventually, I gave up and tried to find a comfortable position laying on my back.

During this part I felt the pressure of my Sleep Number bed was off, but I found that control wand to be dark and non-responsive. I tried unplugging it a few times, the pump clicked a few times when plugged back in...but the wand remained dead. >:XX It is the one annoying part of my Select Comfort bed....this time its only like 3 months old, and it hasn't fallen off the bed or anything yet. Wonder what I'm going to do now.

Then somewhere during all this I went to sleep. And, I slept until my alarm went off. It was strange, because I didn't feel like a waking dream....but then I remembered that I had a mask on my face. It didn't seem all that strange breathing wise.

I don't feel any more awake then I normally do. But, I didn't stay in bed snoozing as much as I normally do....though that could be the need to rip the mask off once the alarm switches to the beeping. And, then I didn't feel the desire to switch it back to radio and continue snoozing. Will need to work out how cleaning the mask every morning will best fit into my morning routine now.

Perhaps tonight, I'll try the cradle cushion....

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12/29/08

  11:19:39 am, by The Dreamer   , 298 words  
Categories: Healthcare

I got a CPAP machine

Okay, I called to make an appointment with my doctor this morning, and he had a time of 9:45....so in I went.

He came in telling me that I had failed my sleep study. Quickly went over the detailed findings from the sleep study, gave me a hand out (after spending sometime discovering that only one printer was now visible from his computer and it was out of toner, and then some time to resolve that). Then, he wrote me a couple of scripts and told me of some of nearby places I could get the DME order filled out.

I went with the one nearest my home (and on the way home from the doctor's office).

They/RT could see me right away. RT handed me the equipment, went through its use and care. They were out of stock of the heated humidifier though, so that should be in in a couple of days...though perhaps later due to the holiday. And, then another person explained billing etc.

They are going to submit a bill of like $2030 for everything (though it might be lower in the end due to whatever the insurance company dictates as write off). But, they explained that my insurance until the end of the year is $5000 for DME, $1000 co-insurance max (of which I still have ~$785 to go)....and that it is 90/10. I'll get a bill for whatever 10% works out to be.

Wonder if I can use next year's FSA towards the co-insurance portion of the purchase? This is my first year trying out FSA, and I already think I should've put more aside.

Have a follow up with my doctor in 3 months, unless I have trouble before then.

I asked to have a copy of the sleep study results....guess I have some reading to do tonight.

12/28/08

  12:35:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 757 words  
Categories: General, Healthcare

Do I really have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

And, if so....how long have I been suffering?

This latest step in my life started 2 months and 1 day ago. I was having my annual physical the day before I turned the Big 40. I don't recall exactly what led to it, but somewhere during the physical the doctor started asking me questions about my sleep, and coffee consumption (which is down from last year)....though I occasionally resort to other caffeine sources in the afternoon.

The end result, other than the usual blood test (minus cholesterol check, because I had already had one recently since I'm being actively treated for high cholesterol....though I'd be curious what my total cholesterol is...or what my good cholesterol is.) He wanted me to get an Echo-cardiogram, because my heart murmur seems to have gotten more pronounced....though it could just be amplification due to my chest becoming more sunken. And, a sleep study.

The echo-cardiogram was fine.

Meanwhile, I had the sleep study on December 1st. It was a split study, and I know I did doze off during the first part...because I was having my usual, semi-conscious dream... It was starting to get disturbing...when I was woken up to have the CPAP applied, etc.

I don't know when I slept during the second part of things, because when I was woken the next morning...there had been an indeterminate passage of time and no dreams that I could recall.

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