I guess I’m also a Neanderthal or as my granddaughter likes to call me, a “Dinosaur”!!
I was diagnosed with OSA in 1998 and was given a CPAP system. At that time there was only 1 “Sleep” doctor in my area and the sleep lab was a hospital room, which with all its clinical coldness, I defy anyone to get even close to a night’s sleep in!!
My first machine was a Teledyne that was basically a square box with an air pump and filter. The doctor had the personality of a gnat with the attitude “I’m a doctor and you do as I say” basically “I’m God” and it took months to schedule an appointment with him.
The CPAP made a difference but after a while I felt it wasn’t totally effective. The machine had 2 rotary switches, hidden behind a plate that was easily removed with a small Philips screwdriver. One switch was for Ramp Time and the other Pressure. I started adjusting the settings and developed my own technique of evaluating the results. Basically, if I awoke with a specific soreness in my throat, I increased the pressure. (No such thing as Data Recording and analysis software back then)
After 2 years I finally went for a follow-up and the Dr. went ballistic on me for changing the settings from his Rx. He sent me for another sleep study and you guessed it, my settings were correct!!
After that I basically wanted nothing to do with him but in 2008 the motor of my trusty Teledyne burned out and I was forced to go back for a new Rx so I could get a replacement. My replacement was a ResMed S8 Elite II but I found instructions on accessing the “Clinical” menu and continued merrily on my way without ever having to see the SOB again.
Fast Forward to last month; the S8 ended up with the famous Error Code 1019 and no amount of drying with a hair dryer helped. (I did rescue it a few years ago with the dryer trick after my wife accidently moved the unit with a full humidifier tank)
I went to my family GP and he told me that the old SOB, I hated dealing with, had retired and today there are 3 sleep clinics and multiple Apnea specialists available. I went for a sleep study in a brand new ”State of the Art” facility and was introduced to a great new doctor who was impressed by my commitment to CPAP and ability to regularly monitor my condition. He recommended a new AirSense 10 which I can monitor myself using MyAir and Sleepy Head software.
Wow the CPAP world has definitely changed over the past 17 years and now I’m finally caught up to the new world.
I’ve used my new unit for 2 nights now. MyAir reported a score of 98 yesterday and 100 today. It’s too soon to start reading the SD card but I’ve joined this forum and have installed the ResScan & SleepyHead software.