I did not want to go through another sleep study and my GP was happy to give me a script, so that part was easy. I called my insurance and got referenced to their preferred providers. The two I called were horrible - very restricted in the info they would provide or how the selection and delivery process would work. I simply did not want to do business with either of them.
So, I ordered from one of the online providers - DeVibiss was not offered by either of the DME suppliers "preferred" by my insurance. The good news is that my reimbursement (at 60% for non-preferred providers) will likely result in a lower out-of-pocket for me than the 80% for the high-markup-low-options of the preferred providers.
I have been using my new machine for 2 nights and have gathered the "smartcode" data from each. I know the first two nights will not be typical, but here is what I got:
AHI: 5 (1st night), 4 (second)
95% pressure: 18, 16
90% pressure: 17, 15
High leak: 0%, 0%
Non-responding event index: 0.5, 0.0
Pressure plateau time: 2.0%, 0.0%
In the middle of the first night I awoke with my full-face mask unsealed from my face with air blowing out all over. I looked down and saw the pressure was 18.4 or something around there. My old CPAP was set at 9, so that was quite a surprise. The second night I used a different style full face mask and had no issues.
So now the questions:
I did not get the data report option, so I do not have the SD card to load into SleepyHead. I am not much of one to analyze my processes much once they are established (remember I was using a 10 year old machine until 2 days ago). Is the above data collected by the daily, weekly, month and quarterly smartcode process enough for me to make sure I am headed in the right direction?
Is it common for my pressure to have gone up that much in 10 years (essentially doubled)? I have gotten older but not much else has changed. Should I be looking a different masks if my pressure stays that high?
Any other advice for adjusting to the autoCPAP?
Thanks again for all the good posts - this forum has been a huge help and reassurance!