Pap!

January 12th, 2007  |  Published in etc  |  2 Comments

About two weeks after the sleep study, I’ve got an appointment for Tuesday to go get my CPAP mask fitted. Apparently I’ll be getting a Respironic M series. If that site’s promotional picture is to be believed, you won’t even be able to see the mask … I might even become a beautiful lady at night.

Anyhow, I don’t know much about what recommends one kind of CPAP over another. I do know that there are online fora you can visit where the relative merits of all the machines are debated with vigor and ferocity. Some people even post how many hours they’ve logged on their machines (since newer ones keep track of all sorts of data to gauge your “compliance” with the “therapy”). There are even boards where people trade tips on how to game their insurance companies or coerce their doctors into prescribing the right blend of features and goo-gaws.

I will, evidently, be renting mine for a period. The machine will record how often, long and well it’s used. Once the insurance company has determined that I’m doing o.k. with it, they’ll buy it. Evidently there are USB smart card readers and accompanying software that allow one to download one’s own CPAP data before sending the card off to the medical supplier for analysis.

A few people have asked if the CPAP will deliver oxygen. Nope. Just air. Air up my nose. Humidified air up my nose. Awesome.

Oh … there’s this, too:

To make humidification even more comfortable, we’ve made the M Series humidifiers even easier to use. The M Series humidifier features a new easy-turn dial to get the right setting, and it doesn’t need to be reset during the night if therapy is temporarily suspended.

Emphasis mine, baby.

Anyhow … Tuesday. I’m pretty excited about the whole thing.

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  1. pk says:

    January 13th, 2007 at 9:50 am (#)

    I think I’ve seen a Cialis commercial where a fellow wearing a mask is awakened in slo-mo by his graying but still-foxy wife. “If a CPAP moment becomes the RIGHT moment….”

  2. pk says:

    January 17th, 2007 at 10:34 am (#)

    Looking forward to hearing how the device works for you….

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