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Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
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Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
Had a breakthrough last night: was able to mask up at 11 p.m., kept it on til 7:30 this morning despite waking twice during the night. Best part was no large leaks (other than taking off the mask once to use the bathroom) and my leak average was 52, instead of in the 70's or higher. I tightened the straps on my Wisp mask to see if that would help (the night before I was in large leak territory for half the night, average leak 91), since I seem to have problems during the last few hours of sleep. OA index was 0.2. Some CA's recorded but during the times I was awake.

Mask straps still really bother my ears, I keep having to pull the bottom ones down since I sleep on my side. In six weeks I think I'm due for a new mask from Lincare so I think I can survive til then.
09-24-2013 07:31 AM
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RE: Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
Hi ellen!
Did you get any AHI numbers from that run?
Just curious...
Since you are using a nasal mask, you might not be getting all the leaks from the mask alone.
Perhaps your mouth falls open at night?

Cheers!
Sleep-well

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." - Thomas Foxwell Buxton

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09-24-2013 08:32 AM
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ellen1159 Offline

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RE: Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
(09-24-2013 08:32 AM)Shastzi Wrote:  Hi ellen!
Did you get any AHI numbers from that run?
Just curious...
Since you are using a nasal mask, you might not be getting all the leaks from the mask alone.
Perhaps your mouth falls open at night?

Cheers!
Sleep-well

AHI was 5.6, OA was 0.2, CA's during the times I was awake brought the AHI number up. I put a piece of tape (papery first aid tape) over my lips vertically to keep them mostly closed, because my mouth does fall open when I sleep. I leave just enough room to take a breath of air from the side of my mouth. This morning my mouth was pretty dry, not as dry as if I weren't using the machine, but drier than usual. I haven't gone longer than six hours up til now, and the water was nearly all gone from the humidifier tank.
09-24-2013 09:43 AM
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RE: Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
Hi ellen1159,
It's great that you were able to keep your mask on for that long, I know you have had a rought time, CONGRATULATIONS.!
Just curious, have you thought about using a chinstrap instead of tape?
Hang in there and keep it up.

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09-24-2013 10:35 AM
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RE: Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
Yay Ellen! That's a step in the right direction Smile
09-24-2013 11:11 AM
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RE: Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
(09-24-2013 10:35 AM)trish6hundred Wrote:  Hi ellen1159,
It's great that you were able to keep your mask on for that long, I know you have had a rought time, CONGRATULATIONS.!
Just curious, have you thought about using a chinstrap instead of tape?
Hang in there and keep it up.

Trish, I tried a chinstrap but found that I couldn't tighten it enough to stop slipping on my hair without gagging myself. I was given a suggestion to try a large barrette to secure the top of the strap to my hair, but I thought I'd try the chin up adhesive strips first (didn't work for me) and then the first aid tape.
09-24-2013 12:47 PM
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RE: Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
Ellen, is the chin strap you are using a single band, or does it have "Y" shaped end(s) to cradle your head (and possible cradle your chin)? You may find a "Y" shaped one does better, somewhat like the newer head gear shapes for ffms.
09-24-2013 03:28 PM
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ellen1159 Offline

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RE: Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
(09-24-2013 03:28 PM)PsychoMike Wrote:  Ellen, is the chin strap you are using a single band, or does it have "Y" shaped end(s) to cradle your head (and possible cradle your chin)? You may find a "Y" shaped one does better, somewhat like the newer head gear shapes for ffms.

It was a single band. I should check out the Y shaped straps. Maybe the bottom stability would keep the top part of the band from slipping?
09-24-2013 03:49 PM
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RE: Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
Hi ellen1159,
I understand what you mean about the chinstrap, I had a lot of trouble with the single band chinstraps, as they wouldn't stay in place; they would keep slipping off my head, so maybe the Y-shaped ones would be better for you.

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09-24-2013 06:57 PM
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RE: Made it to 8.5 hours last night! No large leaks either!
(09-24-2013 03:49 PM)ellen1159 Wrote:  
(09-24-2013 03:28 PM)PsychoMike Wrote:  Ellen, is the chin strap you are using a single band, or does it have "Y" shaped end(s) to cradle your head (and possible cradle your chin)? You may find a "Y" shaped one does better, somewhat like the newer head gear shapes for ffms.

It was a single band. I should check out the Y shaped straps. Maybe the bottom stability would keep the top part of the band from slipping?

Hi Ellen

My hair is almost to my waist and I have trouble with headgears sticking to my hair so I have to put my hair on top of my head. Maybe that will work for you?
09-24-2013 09:06 PM
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