Welcome to the forum Slick7533. You are right, this is a great resource. It took me almost 2 years on CPAP before I started looking for information like what is available on this forum. I found out about the data that is available. It took me several months to obtain the proprietary SD card and appropriate reader for my old S8 Resmed machine. Once I could see all of the data it became fairly obvious that I had been mouth leaking quite a bit with my nasal mask. Finally got to a good DME and got a good FFM which fixed the leak problem. All of the improvement was due to the people on this forum and I still can not thank them enough.
I'm pretty new too, at least to the machine. I've had sleep apnea for 25 years. When I finally had enough with my sleep habits and with no insurance to help out with the equipment I would need to help with it, I hit the net and spent a lot of time reading.
I bought a S9 Resmed autoset. It has changed my life. I no longer make endless trips to the bathroom at night nor do I take afternoon naps, I feel rested when I wake. I found that the blue gel mask was my first and only mask. It works great.
I have recently secured a health policy which has paid for a sleep study. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I have yet to talk with the DME, but only a breathing therapist, but I was set up with a new S10 resmed machine. My initial setting was 8-18, my own original setting that I determined by trial and error and listening to my body was 4-13. I tried the prescription my DME advised but after two weeks I had to adjust my settings to 4-18, the new machine was found to be faulty and is being replaced. I'm using my old trusty S9 and I am back to resting well. My average high number is 11.4.
I've learned to listen to my body, never give up, don't be afraid to try different settings gradually and I use common sense to figure out problems. I also did lots of reading on this forum. It has been a god send. When I picked up my machine after the sleep study the therapist said he had never talked with a patient that actually knew so much. I of course contributed all the reading/knowledge from this board.
I wish you the best and lots of restful sleep.
Welcome Slick, I'm glad everything is going well and you are starting to feel the benefits of the hose. I agree that this forum is the best thing anyone can do to further their knowledge on everything pap related. I have not witnessed the internet doing so much good ever. May be that it is only people willing to learn or forced to learn to help themselves. The community feeling and knowing that they are finding the help they need on a global scale is mind numbing to me.
So keep up the good work everyone.
Doc J (despite my nickname I am not a doctor)
Remember to donate to the board if you can, it has helped a lot of people including myself.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
You have a great attitude and that will go along way toward how well you do with your CPAP therapy. I look forward to more posts from you hear on the board.
Hang in there for more responses and keep up the good work and much success to you and happy CPAPing.
First off, welcome to the forum, it's full of great people (and one grumpy person). I'm an old-timer from the 'brick' generation, but you can tell by my join date that I am very new to learning about what I've been using for years.
My failing heart health was the flag that started this process for me, and after 10-odd years of PAPing my heart health has improved greatly (they weren't sure it would).
As far as 'life sentences' go, CPAP ain't so bad, once you find a mask that works for you and you like. I would add, if you do find that perfect mask, buy a bunch of extras - as models come and go, and changes get made to *improve* them as well.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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