Thanks everyone for replying. I did get a clinical manual emailed to me so I could find out how to get in to check the settings - minimum is 5 and max is 15 which was my original settings on the prescription. Guess I will try that out tonight to start out with.
I have horrible time going to sleep and staying asleep since started with this thing 4 years ago. between leaking and getting tangled in the hose and waking up all through the night I am getting less rest than before. And I now have to use sleep aid every night to get to sleep. I would throw the cpap away except I worry about my oxygen level during the night which is the reason my dr put me on to start with - my oxygen level feel during my sleep study so he recommended cpap.
But now that I have found this resource I intend to educate myself and hopefully have the same success I have been reading from other comments this evening as I browse around on the site.
I have already reset the program to where I can review how I have slept the next morning.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I have a hoselift that keeps me from knocking my machine off my nightstand. You can get them at CPAP suppliers or you can improvise and make one.
I think you will find that you are better served with the newer machine as technology has changed quite a bit since your older one.
Hang in there for more responses to your post; CONGRATULATIONS ! on your new machine and best of luck to you as you continue CPAP therapy.
09-14-2014, 10:31 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-15-2014, 11:47 AM by vsheline.)
(09-10-2014, 12:20 AM)guessagain Wrote: I did get a clinical manual emailed to me so I could find out how to get in to check the settings - minimum is 5 and max is 15 which was my original settings on the prescription. Guess I will try that out tonight to start out with.
I have horrible time going to sleep and staying asleep since started with this thing 4 years ago. between leaking and getting tangled in the hose and waking up all through the night I am getting less rest than before. And I now have to use sleep aid every night to get to sleep. I would throw the cpap away except I worry about my oxygen level during the night which is the reason my dr put me on to start with - my oxygen level fell during my sleep study so he recommended cpap.
If the reason you are having a hard time falling asleep is because it feels like you need to work too hard to inhale enough air, the problem may be that the Min Pressure setting is set too low. (You can ask for it to be changed to 7 or 8 or higher).
Are you using EPR? EPR helps make it easier to breathe, too. (You can ask to have EPR turned on "Full Time" and controlled by "Patient", if it isn't already.)
It is important to start looking at the data in the SD card, if you are not already doing that.
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Welcome to the board.
Step #1 - fix it where you can't pull the CPAP off the table again.
The fall or the water tank could kill the new one, too.
Make some means of securely tying the hose to the headboard, table, whatever, such that if you pull on it, it doesn't pull the machine off the table.
Put the machine in a drawer.
Build some sort of cage or strap arrangement to keep it from falling off.
Download the free SleepyHead program or ResScan and learn to read your own data.
Does your new machine say "AutoSet" next to the power button? If so, please put "S9 AutoSet" in your profile where it says ResMed S9 now.
Stick around and tinker a bit. You should probably reduce the auto range. Wide pressure changes make leaks more of a problem. Figure out what pressure you usually need and start your machine at a pressure closer to that.
As to repairing the old one, if you watch Craigslist for a few months, you may very well find a used S9 AutoSet somewhere locally for less than repairing the S8 would cost.
Get the free SleepyHead software here
for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
I will echo what others have said. First, secure your machine so you don't knock it on the floor. However, at the same time, you need to be able to move for travel and to access your filters and water tank for the humidifier. Some folks have managed to fit them into the drawer of the night stand at night. Mine sits on top of the night stand, and I have wet the rubber feet so it has some resistance to sliding when the moisture dries. I also don't really care about what the top of the nightstand looks like (it is an older one that has served its purpose quite well).
I use a hose buddy that goes fits between the mattress and box spring and is velcroed to my head board. This brings the hose up and over and helps with the pulling of the hose during the night. It has two velcro loops to hold the hose and these also offer resistance to tugging. I also changed my hose from a 6 foot to a 10 feet. Coupled with the hose buddy, it gives you a lot of slack and really makes it hard to pull the unit off the night stand.
You can purchase the hose buddy and longer hoses from most of the folks on the supplier list. I know several folks have made their own hose buddy by mounting a heavy duty hook on the wall and then putting a heavy duty rubber band around the hose and connecting it to the hook. This will work, however, you may not like the esthetics.