Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sleep Apnea Woes & Old Friend

Hello, dear friends! What a week I've had! I got my c-pap machine last week with great anticipation. Unfortunately, the mask has not been working out for me and I've had some really rough nights! Rougher than the nights without the machine. Not good. I did go back and see them about the mask on Friday and she thought a larger size would work, but it was worse - lots of air leaking into my eyes - and so I'm back to the small size. However, I have to strap it on so tight to stop the leaks, that I wake up with the bones in my face hurting and huge red marks on my cheeks. Yesterday, I was just beside myself with despair; I know I had put so much hope in this machine. Today, though, I'm feeling more hopeful and I know that I will get the right mask and conquer this issue. Thankfully, they are more than willing to help me get whatever mask will work for me. That's such a relief!

I did have a wonderful thing happen this week! When I got out of my car at the medical supply to get my mask, I heard someone call my name. I looked over and saw an old friend that I haven't seen for probably 14 years! It was so weird because I had been thinking about her recently and wondering how she is. We used to paint together and did some craft shows together. She is so much fun and I always enjoyed her so much. I'm not sure how we lost touch but I'm so glad to have run into her. We exchanged phone numbers and I'm going to get together with her as soon as I'm feeling a bit better. What a blessing to run into her again!

I really haven't done much this week. I haven't picked up a needle or a crochet hook at all, which is very unusual. I also didn't get to my studio, either, just because of the plain exhaustion I'm in. I did a lot of reading and read the most wonderful book - which I will review on the 5th. I've also been playing my game with son, which is fun. He doesn't have a lot of time to play anymore, so when he's able to, I treasure that time with him all the more.

I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for coming by to read my blog! I treasure each and every one of you! God bless you!

Many blessings - Julie


  1. I am glad you ran into an old friend, what a blessing.
    And a good book is always good. So sorry for the junk with the mask. I am praying for you Julie.

  2. Hi Julie, Here's some help for you! I too had tried several masks and here is the final one that works for me ~ it has a forehead strap that takes the pressure off the nose. Also if you loosen it around your nose it does expand more when the air is on the mask, so looser when you first put it on. I have had the same symptoms you mention in the past. ResMed Quattro Air S is what I have. I sleep on my left side with the pillow under my neck ~ two feather pillows ~ with my head tilted up some. The strap across the forehead seals the airflow you are mentioning that is blowing on your eyes. The suppliers will work with you to fit the right mask, so keep going back until you are okay with one for you. (They are credited with the one(s) you bring back.) Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net if you'd like to contact me


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