Quote:Yesterday picked up the 'trial' device. And basically we both felt... used.
I am in BC and pretty happy with my supplier. They are not cheap but the service is good and I look forward to seeing them. I'd switch before I felt used.
Quote:Okay. so First question... how long do these things last?
The machine will last 5-8 years, maybe more. Masks, maybe a year or two for the plastic frame. 6-9 months for the fabric part. 1-6 months or so for the pad part you breathe into (highly variable, depending on mask)
Quote:We have been quoted for 1980$ (Ontario, Canada). Government will pay 645$. Private insurance will pick up the rest. Private insurance caps out at that point.
That may or may not be a lot, depending on what is included.
Quote:We've been told our choices are Dreamstation HT, or Airsense 10Elite (or lower models). He needs the C Flex Plus feature however - and most lower models don't have that.
That is where I would be wanting to hit someone. Do not accept either of those machines. Say NO! I am not sure what the DreamStation HT is, but the AirSense Elite is anything but Elite. You want a data capable machine so that you can take charge of your husband's therapy (and hope he takes over as his energy and clarify of mind returns.). You should get a Resmed AirSense 10 AutoSet or Phillips DreamStation AutoPAP. One generation back is the Resmed S9 AutoSet and the Phillips Respironcs System 60 REMstat Auto. A data capable machine a generation back is far preferable to a current machine that is a brick.
Quote:For the 1980 we get filters, and maintance for 5 years. As well as a extra heated tube. Any mask he wants the store carries and 1 extra seal. Warranty for 5 years. Here, we would like the 5 years, because the gov't and private insurance only dish out 1ce every 5 years. So it'd be nice not to have to worry.
Is that filters for 5 years? Or just enough for the first few months? If the machine does not break down, there is nothing to maintain so ignore the maintenance. An extra heated tube is $50. A mask is $150-$250 at most. One extra seal?!!? What will he do for the next four years? I'd check that warranty really carefully. The manufactures give one or two years. In my opinion, if it has not run into problems in the first year or two, it is very unlikely to in the next few years. After which you can get a new machine.
That is a bit less than I paid for a data capable machine, heated type, good mask, and checkups every six months. But I have great insurance and did not pay a penny. Unless you are getting good service, I would look elsewhere. Google "Canada CPAP" and you can find lots of on-line suppliers. Ordering from the US is cheaper, but most places won't ship Resmed or Philips products to Canada (so I have heard). I know one that will, but we can't include commercial links here.
Also check and see if your insurance and the govt insurance has a separate category for "CPAP Supplies". That covers hoses, masks, filters, seals, etc. My insurance has a separate account for that.
Quote:He is on a DreamStation System 1 right now, for the trial.
The System 1 is the series before DreamStation.
Quote:But hates the mask. At the hospital they has a AirFit F10 - he liked. The store stated no and gave him an Amara View (he can't stand) And a Simplus. ... which he's kind of tolerating. Kind of. Should I be pushing for the company to supply the AirFit??
I like the Simplus myself. But getting the right mask is the big challenge in this therapy so you should push as hard as you need to get the right one. If he likes it, he is more likely to keep using it. Accept no substitutes. Any company that can't supply an AirFit F10 is not one that I would want to deal with.
Quote:Nasal only is out of the question as he gets congested on them (tried, failed). Is there a full face mask designed for people with no teeth?
I would not rule a nasal mask or nasal pillows out so quickly. Congestion sounds like the machine's humidifier was set incorrectly. Too much or too little (depends on the person) can quickly cause congestion. With no teeth, he might find that a nasal option provides a lot less leakage. They also tend to be more comfortable. A decent supplier would help you with this.
Quote:After 1 night with him at home with it. He feels amazing.
That is great... for him. Many take a lot longer to find any relief.
Quote:Me.. not so much. He used to snore. Loudly, as in neighbors have called in noise complaints loud. Now he doesn't. Just the machine going in and out. Great. Except, now he actually sleeps. As in REM sleep, etc. and dreams. And doesn't let anyone else sleep. Talks, dreams, carries on. Hops out of bed (even after sleep lab times) and is wide awake and everyone near him is... exhausted.
Well, this is a process. It is not like flipping a switch. So don't get too upset too soon. He should settle down, but it might take a few weeks. Or months. Do you have a spare bedroom that you can sleep in while he recovers and learns to sleep normally? My wife only complains about the exhaust from the mask. Well, no, she complains about quite a number of things but the rest are not CPAP related.
Quote:I asked about cleaning when we picked up the demo, and I was told no cleaning needed. (Can't be serious, the man has COPD, etc... must need cleaning)....
I will leave the man cleaning schedule to you. I have no advice on that.
As long as you are using distilled water in the humidifier, there should not be much to clean. The important thing is to wash the mask seal daily to remove facial oils. This helps it to seal better. Make him wash his face before bed too. OK, OK, a little advice on the man cleaning schedule. The rest, I wash on a "sometimes" schedule with dish soap or baby shampoo.