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(07-28-2018, 01:54 PM)mesenteria Wrote: Those little victories, when they come, are so important for our morale.  I hope you continue to see them more often, LAProf.  "Perseverance" is the motto of my regiment, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians).  That, and an open mind, keep most of us on the climbing path.

laprof: I was a lousy golfer.  back when I made the effort, it was that one sweet swing amidst the other 79 really bad ones that kept me going back to try for 2 sweet swings.  as we all know, eventually with practice things tend to fall into place.  not unlike life with pap.  you have evidence it is possible so keep swinging. 

mesenteria: I strongly believe in your regimental motto.  the value of perseverence is one of several qualities I made sure to impress upon my kids as they grew up.
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RE: Newbie w/issues!
Thank you all for your input! I still have the ups/downs with numbers and hours of good sleep: Three nights ago was a very good night, but the last two nights have been, ahem, less than good. The leaks are now way down since I've figured out how to use mask liners correctly, but the apneas are still in the 3 range, with CA 1.5-2.0 (The latter is baffling b/c there were NO CAs mentioned in my sleep study report. I've read about emergent CA as someone begins CPAP therapy, so I'm assuming that's the reason. Also, with the nasal pillows the CAs were usually <1.0.) Sheepless, I, too, golf (notice, I didn't say that I'm a golfer... that's reserved for those whose handicap is more than their game!), and the "well, that hole stunk, but, hey, here comes another one!" has always been my mantra. I think it's time for me to call my sleep specialist in the States and ask about increasing my minimum pressure (it's at 4.0) to see it that will help both my numbers and being able to sleep supine. Best.
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I wasn't aware that your low pressure setting is only 04.  That, historically, and across patients, has tended to have virtually no therapeutic value.  I won't advise you any further because I am relatively new at this, and because I have no qualifications or training in PAP therapy, but there are other more savvy people here, notably sleeprider if he chimes in, who will offer some advice about how to improve your therapy.  At least, the therapy, such as it ever becomes, should make you feel more confident in it and feel that you are experiencing better sleep/rest and better moods. The numbers are one thing, but the perceptions that you are not being treated almost nullifies it all.
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RE: Newbie w/issues!
Laprof my first suggestion is to download sleepyhead the link is in my signature. Then post some Daily graphs to this thread, with those we will be able to advise you on what minimum pressure would be best. Also if you jump over to here https://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-p...tup-manual you can get the clinical manual for your machine emailed to you this will show you how to change the settings yourself
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