Ramblings of a sleep apnea e-patient

Monthly Archives: July 2013

You just got finished with your sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram or a PSG. As a patient, you have a right to receive a copy of that report in the United States. But what’s on the report you get may not be the same report your sleep doctor (Somnologist) gives your Primary Care Physician (PCP). You may get a one or two page report that doesn’t include a lot of data. You want the seven to ten page report with the extra data.

Ask for a full report with condensed graphs and all doctor’s notes.

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You’re very excited because you just received your ResMed S9 Autoset or Elite. You get it home, plug all the parts together, put on your mask and start drifting off to sleep. Suddenly, you can’t help but notice that every time you exhale there is a very very faint whistle coming from the S9’s rear.

It’s not that noticeable, yet for some of us, it’s a bit like the Gilligan’s Island theme song or the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song. You just can’t get it out of your head.

The sound can be slightly different from machine to machine, sometimes higher in pitch, sometimes lower, depending on year and origin of manufacture. Continue reading

CPAP models seem to change every two to three years. Soon, we’re likely to see new models that are more than a pretty makeover of the previous models. Manufacturers will have been combing the forums and looking for feedback from veteran CPAPers for the kinds of things interested CPAP users might want in their blowers.

What follows is an abridged and summarized list of the kinds of things people want to see. I’ve limited this to the two most popular models for ease of writing, but there’s no reason why a less popular model couldn’t wow us with actual options that please informed cpap e-patients. Continue reading

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