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3 days ago · How to reduce my events while using my Cpap in Sleep Health

Thank you Colleen Young for the update. Your mother is doing great. It does feel claustrophobic at first, but in time it will feel strange to sleep without it. The fact that she went 9 hours with the mask on shows your mother can overcome that feeling. Thanks again for that wonderful report.

6 days ago · How to reduce my events while using my Cpap in Sleep Health

It does take a while to get used to using the CPAP so a little use is still better than none. I did use mine the whole night from the beginning, but not everyone can.
A small adjustment can make a big difference in the mask fitting. Using some kind of background noise can help hide the sound of the machine though you do get used to it. As for how long to recover from the fatigue, it took a long time to get to the deficit in sleep so it takes a while to catch up. Expect at least 3 weeks to really feel anything and at least 3 months to get the full effect. Some people have felt an effect after one night, but I do not believe that is usual. Best of luck for your mother's health Colleen.

Mon, Mar 11 4:43pm · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

I came off of clonozepam 1.5 mg a year ago. I did not have any problems, but I did take months to do it. I have a body that apparently does not digest medicine efficiently so the 1.5 was not at all much for me.

Mon, Mar 4 7:30am · extreme daytime fatique—-is there a cure? in Sleep Health

@gamesjr I was referring to the bipap level. Thank you for responding and asking for clarification. It is always good to make sure we are all on the same page.

Sun, Mar 3 12:49pm · extreme daytime fatique—-is there a cure? in Sleep Health

How long has it been since you got down to the events per night? Since you have been a while getting down to that you need a long time to get back the sleep you lost.
Also at our age there are other things that can happen. Going to the doctor to check on it might be a good idea. We are not doctors so cannot diagnose, but only tell you our experiences. I do know it took a long time to catch up on my sleep after getting my events down.

Sat, Mar 2 7:33am · General questions re. cataracts in Eye Conditions

If the problem is forgetting there are apps for smartphones that will alarm you when it is time to take your eye drops. I had to do four times a day and the app worked well for me.

Thu, Feb 28 10:11am · Caring for a depressed teenager in Depression & Anxiety

Thank you @johnbishop for that heartfelt response. What a wonderful story of hope. I think it is good to realize there are many of us in the same boat. We all struggle, but we all make it.

Thu, Feb 28 6:56am · Caring for a depressed teenager in Depression & Anxiety

I speak as the child you have and has now grown elderly. I can relate so much with everything mentioned here. You have all given good advice. I struggled with depression and anxiety, was shy and had a father who did not understand. I have gone through the problem of medications stop working. Here are some observations from me from a lifetime of dealing with this.
I made it through. It was tough, but I made it. All is not hopeless. If I can, so can others.
Be aware that just being there and caring makes a lot of difference.
This is a difficult time of adjustment for your teenager. Adjusting from child to adult is not easy. Your child will amaze you in the changes they can make.
Telling your child about how you had difficulties in your teenager years and how you made it through can help a lot. You did it so there is hope they can.
This time of change will come to an end when your child reaches there twenties and gets established as an adult. If your child gets a lot better and then when they get into their 30s or 40s and then has problems again, it may be a genetic predisposition to depression. This is especially true if there is a history of depression and anxiety in a parent and their ancestors. I can trace this back to my g-great grandfather. Asking questions of your parents and grandparents about this can be done, but be careful to explain you are doing it to help with your child's treatment, and not because you are trying to blame.
Fathers are taught that a male is tough and a male makes it through. Mothers are taught that they are determiners of the child you love. Both perspectives are good and needed. Fathers can and do change their beliefs in their children as mine did. Mothers can accept that not all things are your fault and that we all are born with some kind of genetic predisposition that can cause problems. We all have lived through them.
Medication that stops working was a common thing with me. We all react differently to our meds. With me it was not metabolizing the meds effectively. Thus an increase was not enough for me. Only recently my doctors discovered I needed a lot more. My medication usually is dosed at 20-40 mg. I am now taking 150 mg. This, as I said, is very variable according to the person. Genetic testing can help. Also my doctors say you can just see what happens. If the patient sees the meds stop working, it can be a sign that factors, including genetics, are at work and indicate the necessity of increasing the dosage until it finally works again. Some meds work on others, but will on you, and vice versa. So yes genetic testing can help determine what is the best for the patient. Again just trying different ones will show this. I say this because not everyone can get the test or afford to get the test.
In the end I made it through and am still making it through. Our knowledge on this has expanded so much. When I was a child the idea of chemical causes was just starting to be theorized. There were no antidepressants. And yet I made it through. How much more can today's child make it through. I was shy, now I test right in the middle of shyness and extroverted. I was depressed and now though I still have some problems, it is no longer overwhelming. I can lead a somewhat normal life as long as I continue to take my meds.
Keep up the great work you are doing in helping your child through this.