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Nasal pillow masks
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(04-18-2012, 11:59 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Sorry. I try to hide it but sometimes it comes through.

Do they even teach flow charts anymore?

Pretty sure they do.... here's the flow chart I use to determine whether or not I should post some questionable thing on the forums here:

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I know... I know... Offtopic Just can't help myself. Big Grinnie
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(04-18-2012, 11:59 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Sorry. I try to hide it but sometimes it comes through.

Do they even teach flow charts anymore?

Paula, if you were able to write that little "program" without a flow chart then you really are a programmer. My hat's off to you.

And yes, I'm pretty sure they still teach flowcharts. And mainframes. Some things never die.

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I have used the same nasal pillow mask (Puritan Bennett Breeze) as Paula for years and have to agree 100% with what was said here and also in the review here:

(Edit: well, I would have provided the URL but the forum scolded me for trying and said "minimum post count is 8 posts" and this is only my 2nd so you'll have to look up Paula's review on the main page under Product Reviews - easy to find there)


Not being a fluid dynamics specialist, I cannot understand for the life of me why they can't divert the jet stream towards the head of the bed using a small straw-like tube. I wrote the company to suggest this as it seriously interferes with spooning. One can move the bed away from the wall easier than always sleeping back-to-back.

Anyway, if you haven't tried the Breeze pillows, it's definitely worth a shot even at $99 or whatever it is now. I can't imagine going back to my old nasal mask. My only suggestion is to change the pillows regularly (most insurance companies only authorize monthly, but I would prefer every two weeks). Wash daily with soap and cold water so they retain their form, and take your time to adjust the angle of the oval shaped pillows to minimize any leak tendencies. You'll know by the sound if it's leaking. It also helps to have a dry nose (something hard for me because my nose has a tendency to allergies so waters at the least opportunity -- Kleenex is part of my mandatory bedtime prep).
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(04-15-2012, 11:13 AM)almereian Wrote: Hi all.

I have been trying different masks for more than 6 months now and I am still struggling to find the right one for me.
I am looking for a nasal pillow mask that is comfortable, lightweight, quiet and doesn't blast my wife every night with a jetstream.

I used to have the Mirage Swift FX nasal pillow mask which was great apart from it was very noisy and a strong gust would hit my wife every night.
I since then have tried a Mirage FX nasal mask, which was very quiet with a dispered stream of air, but I find nasal masks leave marks on each side of my nose.

At the moment, I have a Opus nasal pillows mask, made by Fisher & Paykel, but this one is also quite noisy and powerful with the exhaust air and it leaves large impronts on my cheeks which take a long time to go every morning, no matter how I adjust it.

I have seen the Mirage Swift II, which looks like it may the one I am looking for. They say it is quiet with dispersed air. Lightweight and the face straps look quite thin.
Anyone had any experience with this one? Or anyone got any better suggestions?

If you're not stuck on the idea of pillows (and the fact that you've tried the Mirage Fx suggests that you're open to trying a nasal mask) try the Mirage Activa LT. The only trouble I've ever had with it was the first night it rubbed a bit under my nose, but that was my fault - needed to move it down my face a bit. :-) This mask has a sort of bellows rim, and the seal for it is a soft silicon reverse fold that catches the air and uses that pressure to seal on your face. It actually seals better with looser headgear, when it's allows to inflate the seal and the bellows. With the machine off, mine pretty much just flaps around, and I have a full beard and moustache... my average leak rate is less then 1.0. The exhaust for it diffuses at a 90 degree angle, so my wife never notices it even if I lay facing her.


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(04-15-2012, 11:13 AM)almereian Wrote: At the moment, I have a Opus nasal pillows mask, made by Fisher & Paykel, but this one is also quite noisy and powerful with the exhaust air and it leaves large impronts on my cheeks which take a long time to go every morning, no matter how I adjust it.
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Anyone had any experience with this one? Or anyone got any better suggestions?

I switched last week from the Opus nasal pillows mask to the ComfortLite2 by Respironics. It eliminates the cheek imprints, has slower exhaust air, and is much quieter than the Opus. I like it very much.
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