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#61
Ok, I think I am getting the idea.

Might have to shop for the "hardware" first and THEN find THE MECHANIC that knows how to install it properly.

Hey, that's a good idea -- thanks.

Taking charge of my health care shouldn't not just mean resetting my APAP the way it should be set.

(I still find it a bit curious that the sleep doc either didn't notice that HIS settings were not the ones on the machine or DID NOT CARE or have any recommendations going forward.

My settings are pretty much spot on NOW, but they are almost completely incompatible with the original prescription he wrote.

I was SLIGHTLY relieved he made no fuss about it, but it does seem to show either a lack of interest or poor problem focus on the data.

Maybe he just saw the "results" which are near optimal and figured "he did it".

)

Sweet Dreams,

HerbM
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)

"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
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#62
Ok, I think I am getting the idea.

Might have to shop for the "hardware" first and THEN find THE MECHANIC that knows how to install it properly.

Hey, that's a good idea -- thanks.




I won't post any more about knees , Since this is a Apnea site . I would be happy to answer any questions you have . PM

jim
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#63
Ok, one month into CPAP therapy.

Still 100% compliant with every sleep on the machine; something like 242 hours on the machine. 8+ per day average.

The new Innomed Hybrid mask arrived and I slept with it 1 1/2 nights (it started pillow leaking half way through last night and I didn't feel like fiddling with it so I just put the Airfit P10 back on and went to bed.

The Hybrid is definitely usable, not bad, now the backup for it my nose congests to much for the P10.

It is however, NOTHING like the P10 -- there likely is not an appreciably better mask available for those who can breathe through their nose and keep their mouth closed (by some means.)

There MIGHT be something in the same class, but no mask is likely to be MUCH better for those who can wear the P10.


FYI: I am speaking at a conference (on Self-Defense) tomorrow and brought my machine to the hotel of course.

Nighty Night.....

Sweet Dreams,

HerbM
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)

"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
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#64
(03-01-2014, 01:59 AM)herbm Wrote: Ok, one month into CPAP therapy.

Still 100% compliant with every sleep on the machine; something like 242 hours on the machine. 8+ per day average.
Its a milestone in the advancement of better sleep
Congrats

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#65
Strange hotel room so I didn't sleep LONG -- only 5 hours, but this was NOT the fault of the CPAP mask or machine which did their job just like at home.

However, I did obtain my VERY FIRST AHI 0.0 I-love-CPAP Too-happy-2


Now getting it much below AHI 5, or especially 1.0 is NOT something you want to do if it costs you good sleep and comfort in other ways.

BUT IT IS A FUN GAME if you are watching your daily stats AND if you don't take it too seriously.

To be clear: I took NO HEROIC measures, and just did my CPAP normally.

The only things I have done to increase the odds of an AHI 0.0 and to lower the AHI below 2.0 are these:

  1. Reduced the Min Pressure from 11 to 10
  2. Use the small pillows on the Airfit P10

Both of these steps reduce or avoid "over-breathing" which can lead to hyperventilation and CAs which were my main residual events.

Also, I am a master hypnotist and use that to encourage my unconscious to keep me breathing all night.

This may nor may not help but it doesn't hurt or cost anything. I don't even waste time on it since my usual routine is to engage the self-hypnosis when falling asleep -- it's a great way to fall asleep and to deliver suggestions at the same time.


In any case, the AHI 0.0 ain't bad. Smile



Sweet Dreams,

HerbM
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)

"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
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#66
(03-01-2014, 08:25 AM)herbm Wrote: Strange hotel room so I didn't sleep LONG -- only 5 hours, but this was NOT the fault of the CPAP mask or machine which did their job just like at home.

However, I did obtain my VERY FIRST AHI 0.0 I-love-CPAP Too-happy-2


Now getting it much below AHI 5, or especially 1.0 is NOT something you want to do if it costs you good sleep and comfort in other ways.

BUT IT IS A FUN GAME if you are watching your daily stats AND if you don't take it too seriously.

To be clear: I took NO HEROIC measures, and just did my CPAP normally.

The only things I have done to increase the odds of an AHI 0.0 and to lower the AHI below 2.0 are these:

  1. Reduced the Min Pressure from 11 to 10
  2. Use the small pillows on the Airfit P10

Both of these steps reduce or avoid "over-breathing" which can lead to hyperventilation and CAs which were my main residual events.

Also, I am a master hypnotist and use that to encourage my unconscious to keep me breathing all night.

This may nor may not help but it doesn't hurt or cost anything. I don't even waste time on it since my usual routine is to engage the self-hypnosis when falling asleep -- it's a great way to fall asleep and to deliver suggestions at the same time.


In any case, the AHI 0.0 ain't bad. Smile

Congratulations Herb!
I have written down the name of your Airfit P10 for the future. I have just ordered a Swift FX so if I am able to manage the pillow I may purchase an Airfit down the track based on your recommendation.
Many years ago I used to practice self-hypnosis but gradually let it slip. I did find it very beneficial at the time.
Sleep Tight...
Gabby
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