The iCodeConnect printout that I can get from my CPAP machine is attached below. The printout is in PDF format and on my computer it opens with Adobe Reader. I can not confirm that what appears below as [attachment=2185] is actually the report so I'm posting it to see if it posts properly. If it does not come through properly any and all helpful input will be appreciated.
I opened the previous post and it looks like the attachment worked! The AHI chart shows clearly when the new mask came into play with the string of readings less than five. Also the change in leakage rates is apparent.
Thanks to the responses from SaldusMiegas and surferdude2 I am feeling more comfortable that this marked reduction in AHI is for real. The attachment also seems to indicate that the leakage rates with the new mask are within reason and should not result in erroneous AHI readings.
What an amazing forum this is, thanks to all of the participants.
Well I agree with the above. Looking at your data, if I did not know about your mask change, I might think something has broken with your machine. That change in your numbers from one day to the next is amazing and great to see. You might even get it to drop a point or two depending on if the apnea's are OA's or CA's. If they are CA's you do not want to raise the pressure. If OA's a slight pressure increase might knock a few down as long as it does not also raise up some CA's.
Either way your looking good where you are. As above how are you feeling? Less tired? more energy? Happy? or about the same?
There are others in the forum who are experts at interpreting other people's data, but I would be pretty happy to see this in my own data.
I don't see any reason to doubt the data in the report is real. Also don't see anything in the data that jumps out to explain the sudden improvement.
I would be tempted to tinker a little with the pressure along the lines of PoolQ's suggestion to keep a watch on what changes in the numbers if you tweak the pressure a little higher or lower. If you do make changes, small tweaks like a half cm pressure and watch for several days to allow for natural variations before you decide what the effect was on your numbers.
The air leaks are at a manageable level, but if you wanted to try and improve on that, then I would go search for youtube videos on how to fit your new mask, maybe you will pick up a few pointers that might make a difference. Might find these with keywords like: <your mask model> review fitting features (etc). Also think about where you feel or hear leaks, do they wake you up? If not then no worries, if yes, then what do you do to make them go away when that happens?
btw, have you noticed any improvement in how you feel after a couple of weeks of lower AHI sleep time?
Congrats and best wishes.
Thanks PoolQ and SaldusMiegas. Yes, I am sleeping better and the mask is more comfortable. I may be feeling better during the day also, not 100% sure because I am also in the midst of dealing with some back and knee issues involving some pain but mostly causing me to become tired late in the day. I am probably feeling better with the new mask. I do feel pretty good and I am definitely a happy 82 year old, thankful that I am in relatively good health with no complaints.
As you can see from the chart I do get enough sleep and and except for two or three times to answer nature's call it is good sleep, the new mask has improved the quality of sleep.
A while back still using the previous mask I did try upping the pressure from 9 to 10 for a couple of days, it seemed to cause increased AHI and was not comfortable. If I can dig out the obstructive vs central numbers and it is mostly central I will play with the pressure some more with the new mask and will post accordingly.
Thanks again for your interest and help, Stan