(11-02-2013 12:13 AM)robysue Wrote:
(11-01-2013 06:58 PM)Robert Johnston Wrote: I just responded to another member regarding my issue & realized I do have the "Escape" mode. Might explain the problems I am having. But, when I visit the sleep clinic (used to anyway) they seemed to have a way to plot data.(emphasis added)
The only data your sleep clinic can get off your S9 Escape is usage data---i.e. how many hours you used the machine.
They undoubtedly looked at that usage data and told you about it as it if it were terribly important and was something you could not possibly know for yourself.
But the sad fact is, if you're using an S9 Escape, they have no more idea what your treated AHI is on a nightly basis than you do. Nor do they have any idea any idea if you are experiencing any leak problems that are serious enough to interfere with the quality of your therapy.
In other words, the only real measure of the efficacy your therapy they have is How well do you feel?
If things are going well, How well do you feel? is a perfectly good measure of efficacy.
But if you're having trouble with your therapy---if you are still not feeling well or if you are feeling WORSE than you did before starting CPAP therapy, then How well do you feel? is a lousy way of measuring the efficacy of your therapy because nobody knows what the real cause of your troubles is. It could be you've got leak problems. It could be your pressure is too low and too many obstructive events are getting through the defenses. Or it could be you're in the unlucky 10-15% of PAPers who develop problems with central apnea after starting PAP therapy and your current pressure setting is high enough to trigger clinically significant numbers of CAs.
Very interesting comment, very insightful! CPAP therapy has made a world of difference in my quality of sleep. My wife has noticed that I do snore a little lately, but no where close to the snoring before CPAP therapy. I don't know if you picked up on my sleep clinic's change in financial obligations (can't afford it now, thanks Metro Atlanta hospital for the buyout). This is why I am here in this forum, trying to take charge & manage my CPAP therapy. To all that have responded to my thread, thanks & I will check back periodically!