My experience with the sleep doctor has been VERY VERY frustrating. I should start by saying this is a PhD, not my pulmanary specialist, whom I really like!
I haven't been sleeping well. BUT the first thing the doctor jumped on me with was my weight. Apparently I'd gained 20 pounds since the last visit. She was full of suggestions, of course, everything I've done.
So when I finally got a chance to talk ... Well, I really think she brushed the sleeping thing off. And she refused to write a script for a new CPAP machine.
We FINALLY got to masks, since mine is driving me nuts, and IS worn out according to her. She wanted to go with a new nasal mask, which wasn't a bad idea, but then we finally got to chin straps, and I explained I couldn't wear one, everyone I had tried, slipped right off my hair -- this is true of anything that goes on my head -- barettes, rubber bands, you name it.
SO she suggested a full face mask -- I wondered at the time why it had not been suggested before, and I need to do more research on it -- BUT, they are not indicated for patients with reflux and hiatial hernia. WHOOPS!
I do have one now though ... more frustration -- I saw her last Wednesday, by the next Monday had not heard from the sleep company and called the office back. Finally heard Tuesday and the doctor's office had given them the wrong insurance information!
So still had not heard from them by Thursday morning -- so I called again, they had everything approved, and had a mask on their shelf. Finally good news, they are a few blocks from my school! So ran by after school picked one up, and took a nap after dinner. I felt so much better afterward.
It is going to take some getting used to...
On the new CPAP approval. Well, I asked the respiratory therapist -- and he asked me at the same time. Told me about a new little CPAP model, which will facilitate traveling. I've seen it on the internet. Well, they have gotten approval from the insurance company and are now waiting on the doctor's script.
In fact, I'm waiting for a call back for more information on that.