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New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
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RE: New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
A couple things,  THIS is your thread, post a redacted copy of your sleep study.  That way we will see the details and I can almost guarantee we will see more than just OSA, we will help you to understand it.
Download SleepyHead v 1.1.0 from the top of the page.  This is what we need to work the magic.  You will also need an SD card 2  - 32GB (Cheap is fine) to transfer data from your machine to your computer so if your computer does not have a SD Card reader you will need to get one (under $10) (plugs into USB)

Post charts (see my signature) and Organize them because there are far more of them than we will initially need.

And Mask, if you don't have a good mask that properly fits you get the ResMed P10 Nasal Pillows FIT KIT mask.  That contains small, medium, and large pillows, start with the large.

Read the links in my signature that contain a lot of good info, especially for a beginner.

And most importantly, ask questions.
Fred Bonjour - Project Manager and Lead Tester for OSCAR - Open Source CPAP Analysis Reporter 
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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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RE: New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
(02-24-2019, 04:43 PM)Fats Drywaller Wrote: IMO there's no reason at all to use the DME, especially if it requires long travel times.  You can get very good help here on AB from the chart-interpreting experts, after using your machine for a little while with an SD card in it to collect data for the ... OSCAR! software.  Or the Sleepyhead software for a few more weeks, anyway.

at a way Fats Dancing Dancing
Fred Bonjour - Project Manager and Lead Tester for OSCAR - Open Source CPAP Analysis Reporter 
OSCAR

Download OSCAR
New to Apnea? Helpful tips to ensure success
Mask Primer
Dealing with a DME
Organize Charts
Attaching Charts

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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RE: New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
Oops, I forgot to say: Also known as TAFKASH.
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RE: New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
Yes, that's what I'm sensing here as well. As long as I go for a Dreamstation or ResMed I'm better off just working with that machine and learning it rather than going back and forth with DME and whatever pricing/leasing options they might have. I'm leaning toward just getting one of those machine bundles online with a reliable site in Canada and cancelling appointment with DME. Thank you
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RE: New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
Are you by chance in Ontario?

The Ontario Health System lists the ResMed Airsense 10 Autoset for Her (incorrectly) as a CPAP making the cost significantly less than the Autoset (no for Her) which is listed as an APAP.
Fred Bonjour - Project Manager and Lead Tester for OSCAR - Open Source CPAP Analysis Reporter 
OSCAR

Download OSCAR
New to Apnea? Helpful tips to ensure success
Mask Primer
Dealing with a DME
Organize Charts
Attaching Charts

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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RE: New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
Great. Okay, that's what I'm reading when I read between the lines here on the forum. Educating oneself here and purchasing online is as reliable (or more possibly) a process as going through the DME trial/buying process. Especially since I'm not tied to insurance and can write off the costs through my business. Thank you. Now back to the ResMed vs. Dreamstation research. Hard to know which one to go with. They both seem solid and the headgear for the Philips gear just looks like it would work better for me and my sleep style. Thank you again.
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RE: New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
(02-24-2019, 05:04 PM)dreamstream Wrote: Now back to the ResMed vs. Dreamstation research. Hard to know which one to go with.

Ha! If you only knew ... Smile

(no offense intended at all, by the way)

Have you read the two posts by Sleeprider that I pointed to in an earlier reply? One reason (in two parts) to buy an Air10 instead of a Dreamstation. For real ... serious.biz, bro. Read 'em. Then you'll know.

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...#pid281361

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...#pid273655

(Hint: It's not about which machine can also be a bedside clock.)
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RE: New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
In British Columbia, Canada and nothing is covered under our provincial health care program outside of the sleep study and diagnosis itself. Which is unreal to me. You can get diagnosed but you're 100% on your own for treatment for a condition that is basically almost for me debilitating since I don't/can't drink coffee or other stimulants to offset the fatigue symptoms even a little.

Reading ResMed posts now. Thanks!
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RE: New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
(02-24-2019, 05:04 PM)dreamstream Wrote: They both seem solid and the headgear for the Philips gear just looks like it would work better for me and my sleep style. Thank you again.

You can use Philips masks with Resmed machines so don't let the headgear influence your choice of machines.
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RE: New to Apnea / CPAP - Avoid DME and Go Straight to Online Purchase?
Don't know if I understand right, your concern is with the headgear. Headgear & mask will fit either Resmed or Dreamstation machines the tubing being standard for all machines except for some mini traveling machines.  


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