Welcome to the club!
Ditto on krelvin's comment. I love my A10, but it is a 24V system, which can be a pain when on battery power.
Also if you had a diagnosis only study, then your titration study is yet to come. You can see if the DME you go to will give you a trial or loaner machine for you to get used to being a hosehead. Results are more accurate if you can sleep through the night and not freaked out by all the mask, hose and pressure things happening to you. Not to mention the electrodes again.
Regardless, you can always wander in to a DME and start to look at masks (I can hear R-G shouting P10 in the background) before you get the results.
Might as well download Sleepyhead and start to understand it too.
In the meantime, sleep on your side and/or raise the head of your bed a bit. You are in this for the long haul. No need to rush into purchase decisions though.
05-26-2015, 10:02 PM
(This post was last modified: 05-26-2015, 10:09 PM by OMyMyOHellYes.)
Double edged sword when asking for a script for a specific model machine: in a few years it will be considered "obsolete" (meaning the manufacturer has put out a new machine he can charge more for, maybe with a few new bells & whistles). If you need a new one, then you will be SOL and will have to go back and get a new script from the doctor.
I think it MUCH better to just specify features in the script like auto PAP appliance with full efficacy data reporting features, in addition to basic compliance reporting, active humidification system, tubes, masks (to patient's comfort and treatment necessity), cushions, chin strap, filters and other supplies. Along with his pressure setting direction.
You don't have to take what a DME throws at you just because the script wasn't specific enough to spell out exactly what you need. If it's a turd, just say so and insist on the model you want. That approach gives you maximum flexibility even though it may require "negotiating" with the DME - but remember in that negotiation, you hold all the aces and wild cards too. They don't get paid if they don't deliver a machine to you that you will accept. And there's always the trump card to take your business down the road.
It can be intimidating, but you an just tell them you want the "Vapooware Turbo Auto Titratero machine with the heated hose option" if that is what you will use. And when they pull out the Fartronic Base Blowerator 7 Brick, just say "that ain't the Vapooware Turbo Auto Titratero with the hot hose. How long will it take to get that one in? Really? That long? Or you can't get i through "your supplier"? Thanks for your time.
Great suggestions everyone -- thank you very much. This forum is incredibly helpful.
And, I think I will pass on the Fartronic Blowerator . . .
PR 560 auto with heated hose.
Battery friendly, longest warranty, wife and i have one each. My 2 cents
05-27-2015, 04:50 AM
(This post was last modified: 05-27-2015, 05:11 AM by 2PAPs.)
When you get your Rx, keep the original and send the DME a copy. Also, if possible, have the doctor write "Lifetime" or "99 months" on it. You might want to deal with another DME, get a second machine, or get another machine if yours breaks.