RE: ResMed Air Fit N10
Please, no tests...not yet anyway. I did put the ointment on and it feels pretty good, not greasy, but not sure how it will work. Still feel like I have "junkie nose" all red, runny, and sort of itchy. Wonder if continued use of a nasal mask would continue to dry it out and make it worse? If felt like very cold air on my nose, but I do have the humidifier going.
I took my card out for the first reading this morning. Averaged my own scores for the past 30 days and it comes to about 3.2 AHI overall. I would love to see more detailed graphs and plan to get a card later to be able to read my own scores. Noted that I seem to have a 10 day lapse or so when the apneas tend to peak out but haven't had time to look closely to see what was going on those nights. Wondering about Circadian rhythms, etc.
Much less leakage with the nasal pillows-(Med ResMed P10) then with the N10 nasal mask, although it felt like it was holding well. I'm sticking with the pillows for now.
Here are my stats: EPR level 2--my machine uses very little water but we have lots of humidity in this area. Set Pressure is 6, per doctor's order, and it seems fine to me. Did ask about variable pressures. Apnea index 2.0, AHI 2.9 , Obstructive 1.8, Central 0.1, Hypopnea 0.8
Average daily usage 7.34 for 42 days, so compliance is good. They showed me a leaks chart and aside from that plateau every 10 days or so, it notes 95th percentile for leaks so that is good.?
Last night was my last night using the nasal mask. I adjusted it a bit more so it fit better across the bridge of my nose and my lip was not sore today, although I am noticing a general irritation around my mouth and nose. Could be my weird skin sensitivity. There were red marks around my nose, and I look like I have "whiskers", but on the plus side it is a good guide to applying my blusher! LOL. During the night I had to get up and just took the thing off. Getting it on in the dark, without wanting to wake up, was a problem. One of the straps had come loose and I couldn;t just put it on like the nasal pillows, so I velcroed the strap to whatever it stuck to but it wasn't quite like it was supposed to be. I guess in time you can figure out just how it fits. But I didn't want to wake up that much to get it right. Noticed the noise of my own breathing more when trying to get back to sleep, but the cool air on my arm felt kind of good.
So, after three day trial of the Res Med Air Fit N10, here are my thoughts. I found it to be very comfortable and didn't even notice the hose. It does not swivel however. If you prefer a nasal mask, this is the one to try. The headgear is very lightweight, adjustable in several different places, and very non-intrusive. Just an upper and lower cheek piece, although the bottom one is a harder plastic. The nose piece is a very soft material with a sort of inner seal. Although I had more leaks with this then the nasal pillows, it felt like it sealed well and by adjusting the straps I was able to get it into good position. The only thing I didn't like was that I could hear my own breathing and it was very annoying, and the cold air that seems to spray all around from it was disturbing to my sleep. If I were going to use a nasal mask, this is the one. Compared to my husband's, this one was not at all claustrophobic, and very comfortable to wear. I do a lot of turning in my sleep.
However, all things considered, I am going to stick with my P10 nasal pillows. Just all around simpler for me and if I am going to have red marks, at least it looks just a little more natural to have sore, red nostrils then a red triangle in the middle of my face.