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As mentioned previously, I had a sleep study. The results, which took two weeks to come in, showed that I have moderately severe sleep apnea. The doctor wanted to do a second sleep study and evaluate what air pressure is required. The alternative is an auto-titrating CPAP machine, which figures out the right air pressure automatically.

The sleep study is very expensive, so I wanted to find out what it would cost after insurance. After looking at the costs and the bank account, I decided to just go with the machine and skip the second study.

In the few days between getting the results and making the decision, the sleep doctor left the country, and would not be back for two weeks. I couldn’t get the ball rolling because he had not written a CPAP prescription before he left. He arrived back in town on Monday of this week, and finally got the prescription written yesterday.

Today the home medical supplier called me and we set up an appointment. On Monday morning at 10:00 AM, I will pick up an auto-titrating CPAP machine. In theory, it’ll be the best night of sleep I’ve had in several years. It’s oddly appropriate that I may finally be fully awake on election day.

By elyograg

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.
-- J.K. Galbraith

2 replies on “lame duck”

Jealous as hell. I did the second study fixed value route and they gave me a machine I’m not even allowed to reprogram (security lock-outs). Auto-titration sounds cool as hell.

How tough would it be for you to get your prescription rewritten and your machine replaced?

I really get irritated by the very idea of technological prevention measures like that, which is one reason I really like open source. The government and corporations should not be so concerned with protecting us from ourselves. This is one of the few areas where I skew conservative; I think I’m fairly liberal in most other respects.

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