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Joined: Aug 2016

Machine: Philips REMstar pro c-flex
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: unsure
Humidifier: unsure
CPAP Pressure: unsure
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
Location: Kentucky, USA

Post: #1
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Hi. I am to begin using my CPAP machine this week. I am not sure how I will handle the pressure blowing. Any advice on how to best get used to it? Use just a short time at first? All in?
Thanks!
08-28-2016 05:04 PM
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zonk Offline

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Posts: 7,908
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #2
RE: Brand new user
Tips for new CPAP users http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...CPAP_users

Use it and don't ever give up
In no time, CPAP becomes your best friend and something cannot live without
Practice makes perfect ...

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08-28-2016 05:15 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Posts: 6,453
Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: Brand new user
Hi nursemcgee,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
To help you get used to this new way of sleeping, you could wear your mask and use your machine while you read or watch tv during the evening.
Hang in there for more answers to your question and much success to you as you start your CPAP therapy.

trish6hundred
08-28-2016 07:23 PM
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JudgeMental Offline

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Posts: 324
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: Respironics DreamStation Auto-CPAP
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Respironics Amara View
Humidifier: Respironics
CPAP Pressure: 11-14
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Florida USA

Post: #4
RE: Brand new user
Welcome.. You didn't give much information in your post as far as RX and DX info. The CPAP isn't going to do you any good sitting on the nightstand. Ya gotta go "ALL IN". every night and all night. IT might take some time to get use to it, but the more you use it the more time you might have..too live..

Yesterday is history; Tomorrow is a mystery; Today is a gift; Thats why its called "The Present".
08-28-2016 07:37 PM
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Tez62 Offline

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Joined: Feb 2013

Machine: Resmed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: Resmed
CPAP Pressure: 5-15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Post: #5
RE: Brand new user
nursemcgee welcome, once you get used to it you don't even notice the pressure blowing, the hardest part is getting the right mask and you may have to try a few before you get the right one. A couple of tips I always suggest for new users especially when using a full face mask, is use mask liners to save marking your face and they can help seal the mask and have the hose coming from above your head, this saves you getting tangles in the hose and will pull the mask up instead of down. Good luck and keep us updated on how you go.
08-28-2016 07:43 PM
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Joined: Dec 2013

Machine: ResMed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: H5i(distilled-top up)
CPAP Pressure: VAuto MinE14.0 MaxI 20.6 PS4.0
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Orange County,California

Post: #6
RE: Brand new user
With the full face mask, you will not feel the "blowing" very much at all. Do not worry and do not sweat the details now. It is time to get used to wearing the mask and using the machine. Relax. Let the machine have its way with you and you will get to enjoying it. Most of us diehard hoseheads can not sleep without being hooked up to their machine.

As the old saying goes, the way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

Best Regards,

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08-28-2016 07:43 PM
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Dawei Offline

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Posts: 342
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Other
Mask Make & Model: Respironics "FitLife"
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 10-20
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began CPAP in 2006; spent the first 6 years with a "brick"

Sex: Male
Location: Western North Carolina

Post: #7
RE: Brand new user
Welcome to the forum, nursemcgee! I'd call the article Zonk directed you to as being excellent for a newbe. When I started and was at times frustrated, I recall reminding myself about the serious, adverse health implications of not treating apnea and that helped motive me to press on. Also, some nights are much better than others due to all sorts of factors from mask leak problems (or none) to mental state of mind when you get in bed. For me, that variability still exists. So, don't let one poor night interfere with expectations for those that follow.
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08-28-2016 07:45 PM
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Posts: 406
Joined: Nov 2015

Machine: PR DreamStation CPAP Pro
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 Pillows; Quatro Air FFM
Humidifier: DreamStation Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10.5 cmH2O; no ramp; no C-Flex
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncorePro

Other Comments: Lung cancer survivor since 11/2004; CPAP since 11/2015

Sex: Male
Location: Van Buren, Arkansas, USA.

Post: #8
RE: Brand new user
Welcome, nursemcgee.

Take it one day at a time and solve any problems as they pop up and before you know it you won't be able to imagine sleeping without your machine.

Good luck and sleep well,

"....respiration,—a troublesome practice, but one which custom has rendered necessary to our easy existence...." Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens- 1837

I use FlashPAP to load data from a FlashAir III wifi sd card in my machine to my computer and display it with SleepyHead .
robysue's Beginner's Guide to SleepyHead
08-29-2016 05:50 AM
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cate1898 Offline

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Joined: Aug 2015

Machine: PR System One 560BT Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: P10's/backup-DreamWear
Humidifier: PR attached
CPAP Pressure: 8.5 - 13. A-Flex 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began CPAP Therapy Sept. 11, 2015. Hx Hypertension, Post Graves Disease, chronic migraines.

Sex: Female
Location: Southern Ontario//SW Florida

Post: #9
RE: Brand new user
Welcome nursemcgee, glad you found us here! Good advice was given when suggesting using it during the day watching tv or reading. Get used to what it will be like at night. A lot of people begin with using the ramp which will gradually increase the pressure but a lot of us end up turning that feature off after not too long.

Hope you adapt to this well and keep us posted!

APNEABOARD - A great place to be if you're a hosehead!! Rolleyes

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08-29-2016 07:07 AM
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