The reason I was charged is that the System One Auto Flex is up and above what Medicare and my insurance company allows, sort a like brand drugs vs generic.
Very good news to report this morning. Last night I huffed and puffed into the mask and the machine started. The auto on function is working. Secondly and most important the screen showed 13.3 when I got up this morning
In other words the machine is working and all of my worries were in vane.
I do appreciate all of the suggestions and answers to my questions. The forum has been great.
Thanks to everyone.
It's been my experience that the PRS1 machines are a bit harder to auto-start than the the ResMed S9's.
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They require a few good hard breaths first, and I should imagine it would be even harder in a FFM. With nasal pillows I have to blow pretty hard and breath in pretty hard around three or four times, sometimes even then it won't start (but rarely) and I need to start it by hand after the 5th in breath. This is rare, and for me the habit of how to put it on is now automatic. Usually it is harder to start once you have had it on and taken it off once in the night, for any reason. Also, a wee tip, if you are using the humidifier - pre-heat (press down on the big dial button for about five seconds until a light comes on) - even a minute or two will allow the auto-start to come on easier.
The plus side on the Resmed machines is the auto on/off is very fast and easy, as opposed to the Remstars, where the auto on takes a few good puffs and the auto off waits a good minute after you have taken the mask off before it turns off (the Resmed turn off immediately). Other than that, I don't really see much difference - they have different algorithms for finding out where you should be pressure-wise and for recording incidents, but both are comfortable, quiet and well behaved. I think the Remstar has a better filter system, since it has a two stage system from the get-go, while Resmed you have to get a separate fine-particle filter, but I don't think you should have any "buyer's remorse" over your choice - I have used both machines, have the PRS myself and am rather happy with it. Just give it a few hard breaths while you are putting on your mask and adjusting it and it should do the trick.