Welcome to the hose head club.I know you mentioned your tested AHI was around 30 and your current is around 6. As several have said, this is a great improvement, especially seeing as you have not been on therapy for long.
Another number to look at or consider is therapy hours. How many hours you are on the machine. I have that although my AHI is around 2.5 - 3.p for a 7 and 30 day average, there are some mornings I feel like I haven't got any sleep at all. Most of the time, these are days I went to bed around midnight and got up at 5. Needless to say, I did not get enough sleep. Like many have said, there are a myriad of reasons why we may feel sleepy even though the machine said we had a good night's sleep. I have a recliner in the living room that is possessed by a sleep inducing spell especially on Sunday afternoons.
Keep up with the therapy, take good notes and questions with you when you see the doc, and happy zzzz - you will eventually see improvement.
I'm very good at advocating for myself in medical visits so that won't be a problem. It sounds like the biggest thing for me is to be as knowledgeable about my own experience with sleep apnea and the data on my CPAP.
I feel fairly ignorant and I would like to download the software mentioned. I have been afraid to take out the SD card prior to my appointment which is the only way I can "analyze" it through the software. I just didn't want to "lose" the data and don't know if I have to download the results and then "lose" that data, or whether it copies the data?
It's ok Pam. When you take the card out of your machine be sure and lock it with the little switch on the side of the card. Then when you put it back in your machine be sure and unlock it. There is a problem with Windows 8.1 writing a file on the SDCard which then causes Resmed machines to have to reformat the card, but I have not heard of it being a problem with Respironics. But, setting the lock will keep your computer from having it's way with your files.