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#4411 KarlGerm

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 01:28 PM

homies, I'm so sorry to hear all of this. Jace, I agree with Maiko that mourning is a strange thing and everyone handles that differently when sudden tragedies occur. After my Dad died, I had to keep telling myself that there are many different ways to mourn and none of them are wrong. Just be true to your emotions, let them come when they will and don't be ashamed of them. They ebb and they flow and sometimes that is the hardest part about grief. But just take it one step at a time and always know you can reach out when you need to.

 

Maiko, I agree with all the things you said. with the taboo depression or other mental health issues have had, it makes it really difficult to express that you're having a hard time. and I feel like most people I know (myself included) had that manifest in ways of never letting it show at the risk of making a loved one worry or upset. I feel like that's why there's so many cases of people being shocked to hear someone suffered from depression when it's too late. And that's why talking about it (even though it's difficult) can be so important. Getting therapy (which was a nightmare process to set up and an expensive bi-monthly occurrence) was one of the greatest things I did in my life. I was very lucky to find a therapist who was able to help.

 

Serena, I'm so so sorry to hear about all that you're going through. But I want to repeat 1000x what others have said. We hope things get better ASAP and start looking up, but we'll all be here in the mean time if you need anything. Life is a constant kick in the teeth and it can be really grim and bleak for a really long time but it's so important to not give up. It's not easy but it's so important. If there's anything I can do to help you through the rough patch you're in, please let me know.

 

Much love to everyone. The Shizz has been and remains one of the greatest things to ever enter my life. That was made even more apparent this MAG where I brought two non-shizzies and they were instantly welcomed and they kept constantly telling me how nice and awesome and friendly and great my friends are. I'm truly blessed to be able to call myself a shizzie. I think the worst of my most recent depressive episode is finally on the down slope and I feel like my anxiety isn't so crushing that all types of communication and interaction seem overwhelming. So I'm hoping I can be more active on here again. It's been too long.


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#4412 raubhimself

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 11:22 AM

Kind of tangentially related to depression/anxiety/etc, but recently I went to a sleep doctor and got a home sleep study done. Turns out I have "severe sleep apnea"! For the past few years I've felt like I barely get any sleep, no matter when I go to bed / wake up. I can't really remember when it started happening, but it's been a while. Most mornings I wake up and feel like I didn't really sleep. Many days this makes me feel like I'm in a real fog, like my brain and eyes can't wake up, and my eyes just want to close. On particularly bad days it just makes me feel extreme exhaustion. It doesn't really help with dealing with normal depression and anxiety issues that I have either. 

 

If you've ever roomed with me at Magfest or stayed at my house, you know I snore like a motherfucker. Poor daemon crashed here one time and woke up to what he thought was me vomiting like wild, but it was just me snoring. mrtame and I have bonded over this through the years, and we talked about sleep studies and stuff and magwest, which finally prompted me to see someone. I did a home sleep study which was pretty casual, just a few things you have to hook up to yourself and then you return the device, easy. When I followed up with my doctor I was pretty floored with the results after seeing the number of apnea events it recorder per hour. It explained why I always feel like I barely sleep, because I really don't get much solid sleep. 

 

Anyways, now I have a CPAP and it's been great. I'm still in the honeymoon phase of it, and I'm hoping it continues to help me like it has so far. I haven't felt the "fog" or extreme fatigue like I used to since I started using it, and the "fog" used to be a near daily thing. It's kind of like getting on an SSRI, I guess, in that an SSRI doesn't make you happy and cheerful, it just kind of stabilizes you. The CPAP so far just brings me back to what I think of as "normal". 


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 12:27 PM

Good on you Raub, everyone I know who’s gotten one said it changed their lives for the better. Man I gotta get on that! My insurance turned me down for one even though the sleep clinic said I had a severe case of sleep apnea. Gonna have to pay out of pocket for it
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Posted 15 January 2019 - 12:34 PM

I really think I should look into that. These days I feel more drowsy/foggy than ever and getting out of bed is the hardest thing in the world when I feel like I've gotten no rest.

 

If it's not too personal a question, do you think you could break down all the expenses involved, from the initial appointment to now + anything ongoing?


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#4415 KarlGerm

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 12:54 PM

I'm glad it's been working out for you, Raub. I think I saw you post on facebook about a CPAP. I thought of you the other day when I happened to see a commercial about sinus infections caused by improperly cleaned CPAP machines. My Mom used to have to use one but I'm not sure if she still does. I don't know how real that commercial is about health concerns due to improperly cleaned CPAPs but something to keep in mind I guess.

 

I did a sleep study when I had a real bad bought with insomnia when I was like...21. Right out of college and right before I was about to enter the 9-5 life, I decided I needed to get it looked at and diagnosed and taken care of so I wasn't dead for work every day.

 

Long story short, it took me a month to finally get my results because I had to pick them up in person, I had just started a job and their office hours were 10-4 only on days I was working, more than an hour from my office. My first day off from work for a national holiday happened to be a month later when they were still opened. So I got my results, they told me I didn't have insomnia but that my heart was doing weird shit... they said I should probably see a doctor about it. Regarding a test that had taken place a month earlier lol. So I called my doctor, he was able to squeeze me in that day because it was heart related, ran an EKG and came back into the room and said "hmm...this is interesting... looks like you have Atrial Fibrillation. It's not uncommon for people to have this....over the age of 60. You're the youngest person I've ever seen with this. If I were you, I'd go to the ER. just to be safe."

So I went to the ER, got more tests and they confirmed I did, in fact, have A-Fib and no one knew why or how long that had been a thing. That greatly increased my chance of stroke and is a thing that could come back but after seeing a cardiologist, I was able to get it sorted. I was so depressed at that time in my life, I remember being bummed about knowing I had a heart problem because it meant I probably couldn't drink as much  and as excessively anymore which was the only way I coped with my depression at the time. I also distinctly remember taking the blood thinners I was prescribed by washing it down with a beer because my ability to give a fuck was so low. 

 

But anyway, I got that all sorted and have been good since. I go to the doctor's so rarely that who the fuck knows if/when I would have found out about that and what problems would have arose if I didn't get that sleep study.


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 01:04 PM

I really think I should look into that. These days I feel more drowsy/foggy than ever and getting out of bed is the hardest thing in the world when I feel like I've gotten no rest.

 

If it's not too personal a question, do you think you could break down all the expenses involved, from the initial appointment to now + anything ongoing?

It really depends on your insurance. I think telling you how much I ended up spending would be useless because it could be totally different for you. All said and done I had an appt with my GP, who referred me to the sleep doctor, who I had an initial consultation with, and a follow up after the home sleep study. So that's 3 visits, whatever your co-pay is. I'm not sure what the sleep study itself cost me to be honest, and the device depends on your insurance as well. 


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 02:05 PM

I kind of just want to buy a cpap. Are there good knockoffs yet?
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Posted 15 January 2019 - 02:13 PM

Holy shit raub, those symptoms all line up exactly with what I've been experiencing for the past, like, 8 years, and I'm scheduled for a sleep study in a few weeks myself! Here's hoping I can get something done about it too, great to hear you're having success with it!!
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Posted 15 January 2019 - 02:40 PM

I kind of just want to buy a cpap. Are there good knockoffs yet?

I bought a thing via a targeted ad on Facebook that was like $60 had a promotional half off offer. It's basically this but wasn't branded the same: https://www.themgadg.../snore-relieve 

 

I figured for $30 it's worth a shot. It irritated my nose and it's not adjustable so it didn't really fit right. Gave up after 3 nights with it. 


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 03:33 PM

If you want to skip doctors I think you’re looking for an auto titration machine. As far as I know, a cpap still requires a sleep study, to be calibrated to your specific breathing patterns
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Posted 15 January 2019 - 05:46 PM

If we got Daemon a new switch can we do a shizz CPAP fund to try to get some of youse on your way to better health? Let theshizz try and make up for America’s dogshit healthcare system.
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Posted 15 January 2019 - 07:28 PM

I'd throw down on a CPAP. I fucking luv u all
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#4423 KarlGerm

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 11:53 AM

second! TheShizzCare is universal


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:01 PM

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 09:16 PM

tfw you know when you gotta do to rip yourself out of a deep one

 

but this one has got been hittin me so hard, ive been havin these nostalgic deja vus

 

been a 3 month plus dinger, sick of it

ive still been in this one.  it's an all timer


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