I've been on 12 cm pressure for two years, except for the ramp button. I've never understood why they didn't put it on auto, because that's how they tested me and I did indeed have an incredibly good sleep that one night. I had plenty of other teething problems in the beginning and when I suggested that there was a problem with the pressure, well, the hair on the nurses got messed up all by itself instantly, as if an electric charge went through it, as both of them jumped to their feet and were protesting in unison.
So, I let it go. The main problem is when I have a little difficulty going back to sleep if I get up for a pee. So, when I had an appt the other day, two years since my last, I resolved to bring up the question again. I had not hitherto sought to find my own way around them, like a good product of authoritarian thinking.
Oh man, there's no describing the alarm and mass of sophism that can come flying from the mouth of a bureaucratic doctor. So, I'll skip the rest of the story and just say we arrive at a compromise. The idea was that the company would send out their engineer to change me to auto and then a week or two later, would send one out again to change me back. Finally, today, I get a call, he's going to come out and change it, but he doesn't know anything about changing it back.
So, I said no, and did what I should have done a year or more ago - a web search, and voila here I am. I was going along to get along, but enough is enough, it's time for guerilla tactics.
My position was exactly as the one put so well by SuperSleeper, in his introduction to "Go ahead and adjust the pressure on your own CPAP machine" (which seemingly, as a new member, I'm not allowed to link for you). But you know, arguing with doctors is about as useful as arguing with medieval priests.
Their [self-described] "scientist" at the hospital was going to make the change for me, but when she didn't come back for 30 minutes, I checked and she wasn't able to make the change. SuperSleeper showed me in minutes exactly how to do it. Less than minutes, actually. About 30 seconds, except for timidity on my part. Gee, quelle surprise.
I'm going to request the manual, which is either "Respironics PR System One REMstar Plus with C-Flex" or "Respironics REMstar Auto with C-flex" (it's really hard to tell for sure).
Meanwhile, his brief instructions were sufficient for entering the clinician's menu and after that, things are pretty obvious.
Aside from changing "cpap" to "auto", I'm not sure if I should change anything else (like, say, 'c-flex' to 'a-flex' or even 'none'). The range is set properly for what the hospital wants (4 cm to 20 cm) as well as most everything else.
So my question is two fold:
1) Do I need to change anything else, other than 'cpap' to 'auto'?
2) Is there a way to test it on the spot, while monitoring the lcd screen? (Besides going to sleep, of course.)
Any help would be vastly appreciated. Thanks in advance.