WELCOME! to the forum.!
You might try to mask up and use your machine during the evening as you watch tv and see if that will help you get used to it.
Hang in there for more suggestions and best of luck to both you and your husband and your CPAP therapy.
04-30-2014, 09:26 PM
(This post was last modified: 04-30-2014, 09:29 PM by ImaSurvivor.)
Welcome Crysti, glad you have found us. We have all been there so don't be discouraged. As trish said, sitting up with it in the evening may help. Also, you are using a nasal mask but you might have good luck with nasal pillows instead. They are even less on your face than the nasal mask. I use the Swift FX. There are other brands too. It involves a strap on the back of my head and one over the top. The nasal pillows is just a little cushion that sits just below your nostrils.
I didn't do well with the generic full face mask or even the nasal mask they used on me during titration. The tech finally told me she had a few samples of Wisp Nasal Mask. It was light years better and more comfortable than the generic ones they started me out with. When I received my machine the next morning, the respiratory therapist noticed a red mark on the bridge of my nose and suggested trying the nasal pillows. I like them best of all. I do keep the Wisp as a backup. Liners can be purchased to protect from red marks. I don't have the problem with the pillows though.
It takes time to become adjusted to everything. It will get better! Keep coming back and asking questions. Lots of experienced folks here and a lot of good advice, encouragement, and tips.
It's ok. You'll figure it all out in no time at all. One thing that might occur is sometimes when they first start people out the beginning pressure is pretty low. It builds up in a few minutes to whatever they want it to be. So like the others suggested, sit with the mask for a few minutes until you get comfortable that it's going to behave. Then climb in the sack and know that all is well, and you're about to start a very nice and comfortable way of sleeping.
I promise. It will be fine.
Welcome to the forum Crysti. I am fairly new to therapy and experienced that claustrophobic feeling you describe only a few months ago. As you will quickly learn, there are as many opinions about masks as there are masks. It's an each to his own sort of thing. I found that anything close to my nose was disquieting so I am more comfortable with a roomy full face mask. Good luck to you and hubby. Keep the forum posted on your progress and you will get plenty of advice, knowledge and support from experienced folks.
What others said:
Pressure too LOW can make it seem like you are trying to breath through a cocktail straw or from 10 feet underwater.
Just BREATH. Take full and deep breaths and RELAX on each exhalation.
It might not be EASY to remember that you are perfectly safe so just keep BREATHING.
Count your breaths if that helps.
Remember that BREATHING OUT is as important as breathing in.
(Failure to breath OUT is the most likely reason for trouble to BREATH IN -- we get uncomfortable and try to rush the in breath.)
BREATH -- BOTH DIRECTIONS.
Did I mention you need to JUST BREATH?
It's not trivial -- I was a commercial diver in my youth, I have led a CHARMED CPAP life so far, but even I must sometimes REMEMBER TO BREATH and RELAX with each and every breath.
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."