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Help with getting the right mask fit
#21
RE: Help with getting the right mask fit
A product called Remzzs may help pad the nasal bridge area. Supplier #1 and others should carry these. Or there's homemade padding variants. You probably want something that's going to act as a cushion but not create its own leak issues.
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#22
RE: Help with getting the right mask fit
I have found that I can order masks and other things online without going through a DME at all, provided you are willing to pay for it. The only thing you can't get that way is the machine itself, for which see the Supplier List.
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#23
RE: Help with getting the right mask fit
(04-13-2020, 11:30 AM)Dormeo Wrote: One place to start would be this nifty glossary:

http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php/Definitions

Yup, already did that, so I know what they say. Now to figure out what they mean Smile.
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RE: Help with getting the right mask fit
(04-13-2020, 11:54 AM)SarcasticDave94 Wrote: A product called Remzzs may help pad the nasal bridge area. Supplier #1 and others should carry these. Or there's homemade padding variants. You probably want something that's going to act as a cushion but not create its own leak issues.

I just got a postcard from Supplier #1pushing something called Snugz Mask Liners. Checked on another site, to find they were very pricey, and the reviews were mixed at best; one reviewer said he was "going back to Remzzs".  That prompted me to check out the listing for Remzzs. Reviews were much more favorable, but one thing I noticed that's worthy of the back page of Consumer Reports: a couple in bed smiling at each other, with a tag line that said: "Finally, a comfortable nights sleep for you and your partner." Neither one of them was wearing a mask. Also much less pricey. I may try the Remzzs, but I'm going to start with a Band-Aid.
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#25
RE: Help with getting the right mask fit
(04-16-2020, 06:33 PM)PhoebeAnn Wrote:
(04-13-2020, 11:30 AM)Dormeo Wrote: One place to start would be this nifty glossary:

http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php/Definitions

Yup, already did that, so I know what they say. Now to figure out what they mean Smile.

If you want to pick a few that especially interest you and ask some questions that the glossary doesn't answer, I'd be happy to try to help, always supposing I knew myself....
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RE: Help with getting the right mask fit
(04-16-2020, 07:05 PM)Dormeo Wrote:
(04-16-2020, 06:33 PM)PhoebeAnn Wrote:
(04-13-2020, 11:30 AM)Dormeo Wrote: One place to start would be this nifty glossary:

http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php/Definitions

Yup, already did that, so I know what they say. Now to figure out what they mean Smile.

If you want to pick a few that especially interest you and ask some questions that the glossary doesn't answer, I'd be happy to try to help, always supposing I knew myself....
  Great. There goes tomorrow Smile thanks. One that comes to mind immediately is:

Tidal Volume - The amount of air that passes in and out of the lungs in an ordinary breath. Usually expressed in liters.

Once in a while I'll concentrate on taking huge breaths for a couple minutes to see what my "tidal volume" is. Doesn't seem to ever show up on OSCAR's chart. Does OSCAR recognize that these are not "ordinary" breaths and ignore them?
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#27
RE: Help with getting the right mask fit
Oh, you had to start with a tough one! Looking at my own graphs, I think the TV measures at a given time represent a rolling average over a short period of preceding time. Try doing you deep breaths for, say, a minute and see what happens.
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#28
RE: Help with getting the right mask fit
I usually take 10 deep breaths, which is a minute or so. I'll try to make it to 2 minutes tonight.
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#29
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I was going to merge the Glossary's definitions into an annotated daily Report to keep as a reference for all my Dailies, and I just noticed -- I lucked out, in that Tidal Volume was one of the (only) 3 charts whose headings were defined in the Glossary. You can make educated guesses about the others, I suppose.
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#30
RE: Help with getting the right mask fit
The best solution I've found so far is the ResMed N20 Air Touch. As supplied, the Small is clearly too small, the Medium is just right until I relax my jaw, at which time my mouth opens below the bottom of the mask, and the Large rides up, going over the bridge of the nose, which a) leaks, and b) irritates the nose. By putting a small patch of cotton (a .22 cal cleaning patch works well) in the crease at the top of the mask, I can avoid those two issues and the mask is comfortable, and doesn't leak much (see image). If I wiggle my jaw or nose around I can generate leaks, but over the course of the night it seems to be OK.

2 sessions in this graph: afternoon nap (without patch), and overnight (with patch).

   
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