I understand having limited funds in grad school. I can also tell you that I used to fall asleep in class, be "fuzzy" a lot, etc. and I'm sure that didn't help my studies.
When you get settled, check with some local Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers about renting an APAP. APAP's are no substitute for a full sleep study, but it could help you optimize the set pressure for the CPAP you already have. You should be able to do this if you already have a CPAP prescription.
Not a great route but it could help you at limited cost. As stated repeatedly above, a setpoint of 4 cmH2O is the lowest therapeutical setpoint. Most people will likely need higher pressure for optimal treatment.
Keep us up to date with your progress. We'll help any way we can!
Hey Nem, good to see you made it to school and all appears well. When and if you start looking around for that APAP, take a look at Supplier #2
on our supplier list:
Secondwind does an excellent job with offering gently used machines with low hours on them for a great price. Many of us have used them as an alternative to doing the insurance route or because we could not get help from our insurance! Just a thought since I know that starving students have limited disposable income!
As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.
PRS1 - Auto - A-Flex x2 - 12.50 - 20 - Humid x2 - Swift FX
jdirection and mjbearit: Thanks very much! I'll check those guys out ASAP.
Also, I tried sleeping with the pressure of 5 last night with the humidity set at 2 in the full face mask. Woke up full of drool yet again... I guess I'm going to have to switch back to a nose pillow.
I was able to sleep about 4 hours last night with the mask on, and I have an AHI reading of 4, with a large leak percentage of 8