Dealing With Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Unfortunately after 2 years realizing that less air flow from my left nostril had led me to assess the symptom with my local ENT specialist here in Seremban, without much of surprised with some scoping into my throat and both of my nose holes, the ENT specialist had confirmed that I have obstructive sleep apnea or OSA they call it these days.

Day 1 – Diagnosed with OSA, with this confirmation I had requested for a sleep study to be done as soon as possible as I had really had enough of all the side effect OSA comes with, to be honest, I was really not paying much focus in these symptoms until now, but enough with the past, its time to move forward to fix this problem!

Week 2 – I had completed my sleep study earlier but It took me 1 week to set an appointment with the ENT specialist to go through my sleep study and the results were not good either, the doctor confirmed that my oxygen intake is relatively low and there was times when my oxygen was relatively at danger levels during my night sleep.

Week 3 – I rented a CPAP machine, more like a Philips Respironics DreamStation Plus CPAP Machine with Humidifier and Standard Tubing

Philips Respironics DreamStation Plus CPAP Machine

It was RM500 for 5 days and they gave me a standard mask like below.

First time when I used it, it was very hard for me to sleep, when I know I am moving towards sleeping, a feeling of suffocation stops me from breathing, then I tried to ask for a different mask during the rental, the supplier was charging RM200 for additional 2 days with RM200 for transportation, it was a crazy deal so I told them to pick up the machine and just terminate the rental.

I need to get another mask to try it on if I want to get the whole CPAP machine.

Now I am waiting for my report from the supplier, either once they send it to me or to my doctor, I would need to schedule a meetup with my doctor and determine whether the CPAP really would help me or whether we need to move on with BIPAP machine. By any means, it’s very difficult to sleep with that mask unless I need to train my body not to move much during sleeping which is hard as I had to sleep on my pillow slightly tilted to avoid snoring.

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