I found out that I can expect maybe to have to wait until 2020 for a new sleep study.

Dallas, Texas
November 30, 2017 2:45pm CST
Talk about Backlogs! The county hospital in Dallas, TX is doing their best to help people during these days of health care changes, repealing and replacing Obamacare aka The not-so-affordable-health-care-act. But I am not complaining. I saw a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine aka CPAP or nasal CPAP, pronounced, See Pap! for between half a grand and a little over. As for buying one myself, maybe, but there is another thing to consider, the air pressure needs to meet my needs, so maybe, just maybe I can get tested anyway and find out I can get one through my insurance. I need to have the pressure of the machine, the setting written down for me so I can keep it in my medical records at home, in case I need a second machine down the road. If the pressure is set too low, it won't help so much, but if it is set too high, it might put too much pressure on my lungs. I am waiting to find out if the technology exists that allows a person already diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, to buy a CPAP machine themselves, and set the correct pressure by using a machine that is designed to adjust to lung capacity, body weight, age and so forth. Is this too much to ask? I mean, by the year 2020, without a machine for this I will snore every night, but I did lose a lot of weight since 20 years ago and that may make it unnecessary to go through all the sleep study tests with all those wires and spending the night in a hospital being monitored for blood pressure, pulse, pulmonary capacity, respiratory rate, times of cessation of breathing, and the brain itself, besides the obstructive variety of sleep apnea, the brain's central nervous system that controls and regulates the autonomic nervous system that controls breathing is related somehow to my double diagnosis of Central Sleep Apnea along with the Obstructive kind. I figure now is the time to get the facts about the sleep study I am scheduled for in the next month even if I may have to pay a little bit out of pocket because the alternative is to be put on a long waiting list to get an appointment with the central hospital which is county, rather than the University Hospital that offers me a study much sooner.
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• United States
30 Nov
Thats insanely long Anthony..will you be fast asleep by then?
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• United States
2 Dec
@lookatdesktop Oh yes it is very dangerous indeed..My son has it with no treatment.
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• Dallas, Texas
3 Dec
@TiarasOceanView Doing daily deep breathing exercises might do some good along with a way to keep the air free of pollen and other things that can only make matters worse for people with sleep apnea along with allergies that cause stopped up sinuses and I think I need to invest in one good room air purifier that doesn't break the bank. Maybe that is a good thing. The humidity and pollen both trigger asthma attacks or stress can even induce it in some people. Along with having bad nights of little quality sleep, the days tend to become groggy and prove difficult for the sufferer's ability to concentrate or remain fully alert. I hope your son gets the treatment he needs ASAP!
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• United States
3 Dec
@lookatdesktop Thanks Anthony..you have described it precisely of what I witness he experiences..tho an air purifier only helps somewhat..he is totally averse to doctors now after being ignored repeatedly so now will not go..not a good thing. Have you heard anything about your nephew was it that is homeless? Just wondering.
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@kobesbuddy (49753)
• East Tawas, Michigan
30 Nov
Whew, two years, that's a very long list of appointments!:(
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• Dallas, Texas
30 Nov
It seems to point to the fact that there are many many people with this same condition and the numbers might even be getting even higher. I know several people with the same condition. It not only runs in my family but it seems to be a common disorder that affects some of my in-laws and some friends and acquaintances both on and offline.
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@kobesbuddy (49753)
• East Tawas, Michigan
30 Nov
@lookatdesktop It must run in families.
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• Dallas, Texas
30 Nov
@kobesbuddy , it is a lifestyle that leads to being overweight and inactive, as most my family are introverts, and they are basically comfort seekers who would rather eat toast and milk but not want to run to the hills to milk that cow. I am sure DNA has something to do with it also. It may be a symptom of a much broader line of problems that are also DNA related. Maybe.
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