Just to clarify a couple of things about the bipap. My doctor is suggesting I use the bipap machine ONLY to sleep with like people who have sleep apnea or snoring problems do. It in no way is because I can't breath on my own or because its being used instead of venting because I am absolutely NOT there! (Thank God)
To answer Sara's question: He says that sleeping with the bipap at night will be beneficial to me because I won't be working as hard to breath while asleep, which in turn will give me a better nights rest and I will wake up more rested and with more energy. I would also be burning less calories to breath. Oh yeah, and I asked him about the drying out part and not being able to cough things up and he said that it "could happen" but that its different with everyone.
There was a couple other things he said but honestly I can't remember because I am just trying to get past the mask part! I am probably not going to try it until either the weekend or next week once I am feeling better so I will keep you posted.
On a lighter note...my weight is up and the liters of O2 I am on is down so I am headed in the right direction!! :)
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