The purpose of this blog is varied... First and foremost, a patient should be intimately involved in their care. No one has higher stakes. Second, you are your best, and sometimes only, advocate. Taking a proactive approach to your own care is important in getting the best results. Your doctor is a key aspect of that and should be consulted before taking any significant action, but they also have their limitations. They often see you briefly, see you in a snapshot in time, but with the tools and technology available today you can gain a perspective of your condition(s) over time, in varying situations. You can be more informed and can achieve a better treatment.
I want to understand sleep apnea so I can get the best treatment to avoid the fatal consequences (see My Story). That's a great motivator! This medical condition may have given me brain damage, I sense a loss in terms of doing complex work, and I'm doing my best to get back to my full potential.
When Sleep Apnea revealed itself, I said, "Oh boy, you picked on the WRONG guy!" ... I'm a 20 year professional expert in analytics. Yes, I'm a data analysis geek extraordinaire of sorts and I have great tools available to me to analyze a myriad of data about the condition. In addition to great tools, I have various equipment that gives me lots of interesting data about how I sleep:
=> a data capable APAP machine (ResMed S9 Autoset) that can tell me about breathing events (apneas of various sorts),
=> a reasonably affordable CMS50E pulse-oximeter that I can use to see my heart rate and oxygen saturation during the night and also
=> a Zeo Bedside unit.
All of these I will be spending a lot of time talking about here.
- I want to better understand sleep so I can improve my rest, performance and well being.
- Oh, and Kind of Important
I may have a mild form of narcolepsy and I'm trying to figure out if I actually have it or not before having a study to determine it via my doctor.