With a functioning airway and a new CPAP machine, Erik is hoping this time he's finally able to treat the sleep apnea that's been dragging him down for years.
If you haven't read the last part of Erik's journey, check it out here.
Hi everybody, Erik here with an update on my ADVENT sleep and sinus journey.
It's been a few months now since my balloon sinuplasty and turbinate reduction. Nose is working great. Now they've set me up with my new CPAP machine.
Just a reminder, I did go through a whole CPAP ordeal many years ago, and it was very unpleasant. It did not work well, so we're hoping now that my nose is working it goes much better. I'm about to have my very first night with my brand new CPAP and we'll see how it goes.
Just putting the new mask on, it's already more comfortable with a better seal than I ever got before. I really like this under-the-nose kind of thing here. I'm a side and stomach sleeper, so I've got the hose on the top there. Hopefully that will make things a little more comfortable, as well.
I'll let you guys know how it goes. Wish me luck.
So last night was my first night back on CPAP after many years, and it went really well. It was a lot more comfortable than it
had been in the past. I was able to keep it on for over 6 hours, which is probably longer than I ever had my BiPAP on. Yeah, I'm feeling pretty good. You know, it's not a miracle energy elixir just yet, but yeah, first night went really well.My theory with my old BiPAP was that they had to crank the pressure up so high due to nasal obstruction, and that's why it felt like it was trying to inflate my sinuses like a balloon. This was much more comfortable. The pressure's lower, I'm getting a good
fit with the under-the-nose mask, and yeah, I was able to fall asleep with no issues and keep it on all night.
Of course my sleep was cut short by a crying baby, but that's par for the course at this point. So I'll take what I can get.
Really excited, really optimistic for the future. Gonna keep going every night with this and I'll check in with you guys next
week and let you know how it's going. Bye.