It's great to hear the first night went so well. Don't get discouraged if it gets a little rougher for a while...it did for me. My body was so confused but energized by a great night's sleep that it made it hard to get to sleep at a decent hour the next night and then for a while it was hard to sleep more than 4 or 5 hours...it was like that was all I needed. It all straightened out after a few months though and who knows, he might not have to go through it. I think young people are more resilient and their bodies can probably adjust to things more quickly.
I wouldn't want to encourage you to give him any false hope, but for someone his age CPAP might not be a lifelong necessity. Who knows, someone might come up with a new surgery, implant, device or therapy in the next decade or two that works as good as CPAP and if they don't, CPAP devices and interfaces are likely to get better and better or at least less cumbersome and intrusive. I have embraced CPAP and the way it is right now, but I really believe that advances will be made.
The machine he has is a ResMed S9 VPAP/BIPAP ST with Heated Humidifier
He has a Hans Rudolph Full Face mask like mine
he is 17 years old
The doctor said these are setting they used in the sleep study, and may have to adjust. We have to take the data card to him in one month and he will determine from there whether he will change the settings.
I really did not have to convince Carter he needed to have the treatment. The doctor told us during the meeting that Carter's blood pressure was perfectly normal at the start of the study, but at hour two of the study when they decided to put him on PAP, his blood pressure had been elevating to the point it was 230/105 which was one of the other reasons they decided to mask him. By the end of the night his pressure had come back down to 122/90. If it had not been for him taking a nap on the couch a few weeks ago where my wife and I noticed he stopped breathing, who knows I could have been burying my son and never would have known why.
Well, Carter has been going strong for over a month now with his BIPAP therapy. The only hiccup we have had is he forgot to take the machine with him on a wrestling trip. When he got home after being gone over the weekend he said he felt like complete crap, and could not believe the "little magic box" (which is what he calls his BIPAP machine) made that much of a difference in his life. He has perked up so much in the last few weeks its crazy. After he told one of his friends about it a little over a week after he had been on therapy, his friend ended up on CPAP because him and his family could out why he was a zombie all the time. Carter and him laugh because they both had the same AHI number from their sleep studies......kids...lol