Please be honest about this.
I am seriously considering a tracheotomy to fix my sleep apnea issues. For now, my doctorS (lung and ENT) are totally against it for now, as they say there are other less intrusive methods to control the apnea, but since I’ve been down that “less intrusive” road before, I just don’t feel like repeating all the steps again.
Five years ago, I couldn’t tolerate the CPAP, mainly because I need a facial mask and since I sleep on the sire and have very light sleep, it was just horrible. Now, they wan me to try the CPAP again? C’mon guys, I’m getting older, my wife needs a lot of care and I need to get back to work ASAP so please don’t make me go through this again!!!
“Yes, but masks have changed, and you’ll get a APAP machine”. Wouhou!!! I already tried about 6 different “new masks” and I kept the one I had 5 years ago. I also have a nasal one, for the days I’m not too congested. And the auto pressure thing, it’s nice but without a comfortable maks, what is it really worht?
I found 2 stories on the Net about people who had trachs and they both say the same thing: they would do the same thing today. One guy has his trach for 10 years+ now and no major issues! And since this is my second battle against sleep apnea, I’d like to skip all that’s been already tried (for crying out loud, I underwent the super dupper very painful UPPP procedure because I couldn’t stand the CPAP) and skip to the next step. But nooooooooo, the doctors don’t want to go with the tracheotomy for now, not before we restart trying the CPAP. So I guess I’ll waste another 6 months of my life with the CPAP and then we’ll talk about next steps and tracheotomy…
The reason I’m asking is that I’ve been told that even though we are an advanced civilization, there are a lot of people who get chills with out of norm humans, and having a trach would certainly put me in that minority.
So, be honest here: would you hire a Lotus Notes consultant who has a tracheotomy? And if this guy will not only code but meet users and be involved in meetings (after all, I’m quite senior and I would like to come back to the working force as such), would that tracheotomy be a factor in hiring that person over another?
My decision is not final yet, as I have to fool around with the CPAP for a while, but I’m very sick of being sick and in my current situation, I am willing to take whatever action necessary to get back to a normal life the fast way. I know it won’t be easy every day with a trach, but hey, it’s been pretty darn hard not having it for a while now.
Thanks for being honest about this. Look deep inside your soul and tell me what you would do, not what you WOULD like you to do ; )