(04-04-2013 01:35 PM)Greggers In Toronto Wrote: Hello everyone!
My main issue is how to get into "Setup Mode" so I can change my pressure. I'll get back to this in a moment, but if anyone knows the key combination could they please quickly post a reply for me?
I feel for you dude. I really feel for you
They tried to saddle that clunker with me at first. As far as I know maybe they don't even make it anymore it was so horrible. I can't even find much from Philips about it. After a week or less of buttons that stick and menus that were hard to navigate I took it back. Oh I asked here about it - I discovered Apnea Board around the same time I got the damn thing. Part of my success in ditching it is that the buttons stuck and that made navigating the menus more difficult so I said "take it back" and they did. I hope you can do the same.
To everybody: this has a standard display with fixed characters on it, similar to a digital watch. It has several buttons - on mine, none of them worked well. It was quite clumsy. I returned it and got a ResMed S9 Escape. I learned that it too was a "brick" and had to argue for months with my DME until she got me an AutoSet. Part of my reasoning that she couldn't dispute: My pressure was variable based on testing with an in store unit. And that I declared she was dishonest and holding out on me by trying to dump me with the cheap model rather than one I needed.
She couldn't deny this and said that the "cheap" models (The REMstar SE and the S9 Escape) worked well for most of her patients/clients. I had her over a barrel. I had a prescription for an AutoSet, the Escape was not meeting my needs, she said I could get one if I had a prescription and I felt manipulated into getting an inferior machine.
I left her with no choice. I wish I could do that more often.
The bottom line, I wouldn't wish a REMstar SE to my worst enemy.
Quote:CPAP has given me my quality of life back. The transformation has been incredible.
Uh, yeah. And it can be more incredible if you get a machine that sane people use.
Quote:My question is, have I adapted my breathe rhythm and the force of my inhale/exhale to the machine, and therefore don't notice the pressure?
That is generally the idea. Especially if it's new.
Quote: Or is my machine malfunctioning and not giving me enough pressure when I'm sleeping?
However, we're talking the ultimate clunker, the REMstar SE. Please get rid of it if you can. One can never be sure if and how much that thing is malfunctioning. I'm lucky that mine malfunctioned enough that I could prove my point and get them to take it back.
No, I don't bad mouth all machines I disagree with; just that one.
Quote:- My machine is making a hollow, almost ringing sound now. It's brand new (less than 2 weeks old) and was whisper quiet when I started. Is this a natural change? Or indicating a problem?
May need water in the humidifier chamber. It goes quickly.
Quote:- I feel very empowered to monitor my own health.
Prove it. Get yourself a better machine. Please.
Let me tell you a little story of my life.
Once upon a time I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. In the late 1990s they didn't have the fancy stuff they do now. It was plain looking, it was noisy, and it worked. The user manual said you could adjust pressure using a screwdriver to adjust the screw behind a hidden panel. You needed a fairly expensive tool called a manometer to determine the pressure. But it served me for 14 years. No data output or anything. It just blew air.
I WOULD RATHER GO BACK TO THAT THAN GO BACK TO A REMSTAR SE
Quote:I want to manage the pressure myself and see if I can do any better. But I cannot figure out how to get into the settings menu.
Can anyone help me out?
I won't say you can't, but nobody had an answer in the less-than-one-week that I had it. You really will be better off with another machine. Even another Philips model If you must.
Quote:So far, I've set the altitude to "3" (which means more pressure) and I've set the tubing to 22 (which hopefully has increased the pressure, but I'm not sure) and the results have been better.
That refers to the width of the hose. 22mm is known in ResMed circles as "standard" while 17mm is the SlimLine. In order for it to be accurate you should have it set to the correct size.
Quote:But I think I can do even BETTER by experimenting and being allowed to take control of this myself. I feel that incremental changes by .5 every couple of days, and monitoring how I feel, would do wonders.
Don't expect a DME to freely offer you answers. When Apnea Board let the genie out of the bottle and I declared to my respiratory therapist that I couldn't wait for her and set the prescribed pressure myself, she seemed dumbfounded, and of course she couldn't claim the $40 for setting it herself. That was REALLY fun
Even without clinical menu access, ResScan enables you to change pressure from the program itself, but only on ResMed machines. The one you have won't work with it.
(04-04-2013 01:58 PM)cbramsey Wrote: Welcome to the forum!!! We are glad you joined us!!!
The machine you have is one of the PR System One series which means you can get a copy of the setup manual
Um, that's not only a brick, but the cornerstone of all bricks.
It doesn't operate like other System One machines.