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Hello forum!

I'm a recently diagnosed patient with severe OSA - while the diagnosis was recent, I suspect that I've been suffering for at least 20 years.

I just got my machine today - sadly, I'm 3,000 miles away from it, so my first night of non-trial use will be Wednesday night - wish me luck!

I'm a software nerd and data nut, so I'm totally onboard with SleepyHead and ResScan - I can't wait to start looking at my data and zeroing in on what my settings really ought to be. My current settings are based on 4 in-home, 7-night studies over the past year, the most recent of which was completed just a couple weeks ago.

I'm sure I'll have questions over time -I've read hundreds of posts on this and other online support forums, but there's nothing like getting started to really see where the gaps in one's knowledge lie!
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Welcome to the forum cpdaniel!
Let us know how your first night goes. Smile
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Hi cpdaniel,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Good luck with your new machine.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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#4
You got a great machine. The mask is the same one that I started with after the nasal mask that allowed me to mouth leak. I was never able to get that mask to work for me. I hope you have much better luck and that could well be. Masks are such a personal thing and as we like to say,"Everybody is different".

Best Regards,

PaytonA
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#5
Welcome to ApneaBoard cpdaniel! Glad you found us.

Sounds like one day we may be looking to you for help with SH!! Good luck starting therapy!
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#6
I think you'll enjoy the bilevel experience. Good luck.
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#7
(11-24-2015, 10:11 AM)Sleeprider Wrote: I think you'll enjoy the bilevel experience. Good luck.

The last couple nights of my last in-home sleep study, which was with a BiPAP, I loved it - really hated giving it back and the having to wait weeks before I had a machine of my own. But, that's the past now - tonight beings the real journey.
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(11-24-2015, 08:12 AM)cate1898 Wrote: Welcome to ApneaBoard cpdaniel! Glad you found us.

Sounds like one day we may be looking to you for help with SH!! Good luck starting therapy!

Entirely possible! I've been a software developer for over 30 years, with much of that Windows C++ programming. If nothing else, I'll definitely run on the "bleeding edge" of new versions, as I intend to load data into both SH and ResScan, at least to start with, so I can tolerate using a less-stable version of SH.

One of the things I might look into eventually, is loading a bunch of sleep data into a business intelligence or machine learning system to see what kind of correlations might be discovered. But, first things first - and the first thing is to get better, uninterrupted sleep every as many nights as possible!
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I got also my biPAP machine today, but still cannot use because it has to be properly set up overnight in the lab. Had a CPAP machine but the therapy pressure needs exceed 12 cmH2O, hence the doc proposed the change towards biPAP.
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(11-23-2015, 09:00 PM)cpdaniel Wrote: I just got my machine today - sadly, I'm 3,000 miles away from it, so my first night of non-trial use will be Wednesday night - wish me luck!

Night number one is in the can Smile. Not bad for a first night, I think. Didn't manage to get too much sleep, but when I was asleep, my AHI was <2, which is better than on any of my sleep studies.

Just a few OAs - the machine registered some CAs too, but I know that most (or all) of these occurred when I was awake, or transitioning in/out of sleep. Pressure got pretty high (hit the configured upper limit of 20), but was 13.7 average for the night.

Looking at the data in both SleepyHead and ResScan - both are nice programs, easy to use. I'll keep using both until a clear winner arises.
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