Thu Feb 21 2008
hi all - very new to all this as i was diagnosed on monday 18th jan 2008 with OSA and told by the doctor that i have on average 15/16 apneas per hour. he also informed me that this amount is regarded as mild to moderate and doesn't - at the moment - warrant the NHS supplying a cpap machine (but that may change in the near future), and said i neede to see him again in three months time. THEN the bombshell came that i should notify the DVLA and would not be able to drive - catch 22 coming up here - so i can't drive and i can't get treatment!!!!
Luckily i have a relative who never got on with his APAP machine and stuck it in a cupboard for the past 3 years after only 96 hours usage, and he has given it to me. i have spoken to RESMED about a new mask and ressetting the machine and thats all ok to do .
my question is this How long do i need to be on the machine for so that i can let the DVLA know that i am being treated, and how long have other people lost their licenses for before they have had them returned.
thx for any help
Wed Feb 27
hi - thanks for all the advice with the dvla - i should mention that i got diagnosed with OSA on the 18th feb not 18th jan dont know what i was thinking! - anyway been to resmed today with the machine i was given, and i've bought a new mask , pipe humidifier filter etc and tonites the first nite of use.
SO, i've informed the dvla about the condition and am waiting for the forms to come through, in the meantime treatment starts tonite and the people at Resmed said to return in 21 days to download the info from the machine ( it's an american s7 - so they said but it's perfectly ok) as there is no card slot just the RS232 interface - they also said that 21 days of info is sufficient to asses whether or not i am responding to the apap and and that i probably wont lose my license - as long as i am compliant and do at least 4 hours per night on the machine.
anyway in the meantime my wife has banned me from driving until i'm sorted - so i dont have to go shopping or get her fags AND i feel better because of all the walking i'm doing (lost 5 pound in a week) didn't realise how dependant we were on the car - but if you cant use it you can adjust really quickly.
wed 28th 2008 -
1st night - bed at 1am couldn't sleep at first think it took about 20 mins
very conscious - of the noise of the air, the mask leaking, kept adjusting
looked at the time a couple of times, couldn't wait to get to 5am (4hours for compliance)
woke up at 6.15 am and switched machine off and dropped off again.
nickie (the suffering wife) said she didn't hear me snore all night until after i took the mask off and then i went onto my back. 6.25 got up straight away - felt pretty good considering that i felt that i had slept less than usual cause of looking at the clock etc.
breathing with the machine is odd - it takes more effort too breath out
and today i feel a little weak / weazy on my chest.
Got thinking about the comments Resmed made yesterday about symptoms - excessive sweating at night and weight gain-
and i can remember almost exactly when i started putting on weight and sweating really badly at night - august 1992 - i
remember it well because i had moved to usa to work and had started eating really well
and drank more than i should have and i woke up 1 morning and i thought that i had wet the bed
- the only thing was it happened every night for a few weeks and eventually i got used to it - SO i guess i need to get down to the weight i was before i started sweating ( about 15 stone ) i'm now 21 stone and slowly but surely i'm determined to lose it.
by the way - the bed was dry