05-11-2016, 06:02 PM
(This post was last modified: 05-11-2016, 06:07 PM by FrustratedWife.)
The readings for the last few days: May 10 -- Clear 3/ Obst 94/ Hyp 8 =18.1 AHI in 5.48 hrs
May 9 -- 1/ 50/ 27 =17.9 AHI -- 4.20 hrs
May 8 -- 2/ 67/ 5 =18.4 AHI - 4.0 hrs
May 6 -- 4/ 99/ 2 = 18.7 AHI -- 5.36 hrs
The pressure was increased on May 4th from 8 - 18 to 12 - 18 thinking unit not responding fast enough.
Some Readings prior were 16/22/4 = 23.8 AHI for 5.58 hours
33/94/4 = 30.1 4.21
His AHI the first week starting was 35.4 = 13/149/19 so has improved some.
I have read how to figure the AHI by adding and dividing but have never come out with right number .
This site has been so much help as I have been so encouraged that we will find a solution to help him. I feel we did not get enough information when we started and now have a place to reach out for assistance. Thanks
My take is that the most important thing is to get used to sleeping the whole night with the mask on the face. That may mean a lower pressure than is optimal and an AHI greater than 5. But don't panic about that - after all his apnea is already better on the machine than off it. I'd find a range he can sleep a full night with regularly, and once that is achieved then start upping the pressure slowly until the AHI is under control. A better fitting mask will likely be part of the successful formula. He may need a very high pressure to control his apnea and that would mean either a lot better fitting mask or another type of machine. As we get older it takes longer to adapt to things.
The above is my opinion. It is just possible that I may, occasionally, be mistaken.
I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.
Everything put together sooner or later falls apart.
We were to test the new pressure for a week so I will call tomorrow and get an evaluation through the doctors office and Phillips. Will continue to encourage him to use it ALL night.
I use an Apple MacBook Pro and when I tried to download SleepyHead by using the name at the top of these pages, Safari could not open. I am not a computer whiz and need some guidance. I did just a search and came up with some options, but still unable to figure out how to download Sleepy Head. I saw a chart someone else showed in their request area - WOW lots of info so would like to be able to use.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more answers to your questions and much success to your husband with his CPAP therapy.
Meanwhile, not using the mask could be caused by several different things and it looks like you are already going after treatment pressure. Also look into humidity/temperature settings if you machine is fitted with one and the flex settings. Try to get him to focus why he is removing the mask, what is it feeling like? Not enough air? hard to exhale? Fighting the machine to breath? congested?