WELCOME! to the forum.!
I'm sorry your wife had such a problem with her CPAP therapy; that's disgusting that her Dr. wasn't any more attentive than that, (just one mask and telling her to just live with it, wow,) we have heard these stories before here on the board.
Hopefully you will have much better success. Hang in there for more responses to your post and best of luck with your therapy.
Zorki1c, welcome, going back to your first post, I believe a positive attitude towards CPAP will get you 80-90% of the way, the rest is getting the right mask, the machine does the rest for you. I do agree with Zonk, about the different CPAPs, a lot of people don't understand at the start how important taking your treatment into you own hands is. You don't have to look at the data daily, I check mine once a week and it takes me 5 mins, it's just one way of knowing the treatment is working. The other way is how you feel each day. Anyway good luck with it.
The Icon is a decent machine. I believe you can view the data via SleepyHead.
But I have to address you not wanting to view the sleep data. Think of it this way:
Let's say you have diabetes. Your doctor gives you the diagnosis and gives you medication to take. You cut down on your calories and carbs and take your medication. But you never check your blood glucose again. Why should you? You're feeling good, you're eating good, taking your medication like a good boy. But meanwhile, without knowing if the blood glucose is truly where it needs to be, you don't know if treatment is working. Instead, you could be slowly dying. First your feet start feeling funny. Maybe your tongue and finger tips, too. You don't know what is wrong because you've never tested your blood glucose. This scenario works the same as with hypertension and a myriad of other illnesses, diseases, and conditions. Without proper monitoring, you are just slowly killing yourself and it won't be pretty.
With sleep apnea, it's the same thing. It's not that you need to know the exact numbers for each night, not like you need to know exact numbers for your blood glucose, but without those numbers, you have no clue if it is working the best it can. The data is simple to understand. You want your AHI to be less than 5 each night. Some nights, it may be 3.8. Other nights, 2.0. But you'll know that your range (we call it "trend") is between those two. And six months from now, you may notice that you don't hit that 2 very often and that upper "limit" of 3.8 is rising slowly. You can contact your doc and give him the information. He'll probably want to raise your pressure a little bit. And you see the AHI go back down.
That's called empowerment and taking care of yourself. It's not a hobby. It's part of the treatment. All it takes is a glance at the screen each morning and taking physical or mental note of the numbers. You may want to download it to your computer so you have a continual record of it. So take charge of your own treatment and know what is going on with it.
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