(07-25-2014, 10:06 AM)StephenR Wrote: Horrible night, could not get the pillows to seal, and the vents were soooo noisy, stopped machine at 2am, awake for 2 hours then two hours sleep..up to start caregiving duties...
I am not sure this CPAP therapy is going to work for me, it is killing me, or rather the masks are...
Stephen the Zombie
Sorry to hear all this Stephen. One thing's for sure though, it is never going to work as long as you keep pressing the stop button. So what will it take to keep that from happening?
If the pillows don't seal it's generally a problem with you needing to make them happier somehow. Such as positioning and tightening the mask a bit. Or using a little HPA Lanolin cream on your nostrils. Or perhaps it's because your pressure is too strong. I don't know about that as I don't remember what your settings are at this point. I do know if a little lower pressure would result in you not turning the machine to the off position, then maybe that's where you should start.
Yes the venting noise can be an issue, it was for me with my previous pillows mask. That's one of the things I really like about the P10.
Here's what I think I would do if it were me having these issues: I would set my machine on CPAP (yes, you heard it here first... I have never said that before) at a pressure of 10. Then I'd run with that for as long as it takes until I got used to the therapy and forgot where the off button is. That setting might not provide complete control of my apnea, but I'm pretty sure it would be better than none at all.
You're a caregiver. You will not be able to do that very long if you do not get yourself in better condition.
So don't give up on the mask. On the contrary, regroup, relax, and restore your body.
You can do this Stephen.