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Thanks, Pat, and good luck to Diane and her husband. Apnea is just beginning to be taken seriously by many of the doctors who previously considered it just a "sleep disorder". My HMO went from nearly total apathy - just slap a CPAP on her and she'll be "cured" - to finally listening to my complaints and suggestions. They have expanded their Sleep Lab staff and hold classes at the lab rather than at the DME provider. This is one of those cases that proves that patients must take their own initiative if they feel they are not getting the health care they need. I filed a grievance (as was told to do if I wasn't happy with the situation) and finally won. It took perseverance but now I am sleeping well and my apnea is in check, without the nasty side effects of gas.

October 20, 2009 - 3:12pm


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