The knowledge I've gained from this board in just a few days has brought me to a whole new level of understanding of: 1) what apnea is and isn't, 2) what CPAP technology can and can not do, and, 3) how the medical industry (mfgr/doctor/DME's collectively) are once again generating an income opportunity for themselves by withholding information about us, from us. I applaud this forum's viewpoint on patient empowerment and hope that I can contribute some worthwhile input along the way. For now I just have to say, "Thank you, thank you".
Ironically I am a manufacturing and automation engineer. I design PLC driven pneumatic equipment with logging capability ...(sound like a CPAP machine?) ...for the food processing industry. I can see from many postings I've read on this site that a vast majority of apnea patients have been lured into the medical industry's aggrandizement of mechanically induced PAP, ignoring the fact that our bodies are CPAP machines to begin with. In that regard it should be recognized that the challenge of CPAP technology is how to keep your air passages open without interfering with the body's natural ability to be the CPAP machine that it ALREADY IS. That is not an oversimplification, it is the base line upon which more complex assessments should be built. For example, it should raise the question of whether better AHI indexes are also a measure of the CPAP machine's "health". Just saying....
Again, thanks. I like it here.