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oldteddybear Offline

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Machine: Resmed Elite S9
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Pilairo (for now)
Humidifier: S9 H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Hosehead since Jan 2012

Sex: Male
Location: Ontario, Canada

Post: #11
RE: Where to buy, where to buy...
It appears that there is coverage in Alberta through the Alberta works program. Do a bing search on ISTHB Regulation, Schedule 4, Section 27 and see what you think?

Also the price that you see online is much cheaper than the brick and mortar locations in Ontario also. But the assistance level of the local store is generally much appreciated especially during the first year. If assistance is available for the purchase they handle the paperwork and the reporting requirements. Now this is based on my experience with my local provider (their head office is in Calgary)
(This post was last modified: 09-01-2012 08:36 PM by oldteddybear.)
09-01-2012 08:27 PM
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brucehaas Offline

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Joined: Aug 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Swift FX
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 8 - 18
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Alberta

Post: #12
RE: Where to buy, where to buy...
Thanks for the info on the Alberta coverage. Looks like they only cover anything if you've had a level 1 sleep study and the apnea is considered life threatening. I've only had a level 3 so I won't qualify anyway.

I think I will order from FPM Solutions in Toronto (I can post that without the link right?). I will get coverage for 80% of their price so the machine and mask will only cost a few hundred bucks. Has anyone else dealt with them? Are they reputable? The couple people I've spoken to on the phone there seem nice and knowledgeable - although they could be yanking my chain and I wouldn't know the difference. LOL
09-05-2012 12:39 PM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: western NC, USA

Post: #13
RE: Where to buy, where to buy...
Names of companies are allowed. Just not contact information (including email) and website address.

Ask about their mask trial policy. Usually it is anywhere from 2 weeks to 30 days. Masks are the hardest part of this wonderful game.

For the most part, it will be cheaper to get "refill supplies" such as mask parts and machine filters from an online source. You can ask for their prices on these things for comparison.

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09-05-2012 12:46 PM
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weeble Offline

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Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: Resmed AirSense Autoset For Her S10
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp and DreamWear
Humidifier: AirSense
CPAP Pressure: 6-18
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Location: Gold Coast Australia

Post: #14
RE: Where to buy, where to buy...
Try living in Australia with the rip off prices here! Am looking at prices for a resmed autoset and they are anywhere between $1800 - 2400 (without the humidifier chamber as mine will fit it) - I looked at option No 2 - and found one for under $800!! I am about to email them asking some questions before I buy - and don't even get me started on prices of masks lol!!!
09-05-2012 06:46 PM
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zonk Offline

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Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #15
RE: Where to buy, where to buy...
(09-05-2012 06:46 PM)weeble Wrote:  I looked at option No 2 - and found one for under $800!! I am about to email them asking some questions before I buy - and don't even get me started on prices of masks lol!!!
Mark the owner is very courteous and helpful.
Ask if the machine is the upgraded firmware version
You need power plug adapter or probably you can the same one
09-05-2012 06:59 PM
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weeble Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense Autoset For Her S10
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp and DreamWear
Humidifier: AirSense
CPAP Pressure: 6-18
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Female
Location: Gold Coast Australia

Post: #16
RE: Where to buy, where to buy...
(09-05-2012 06:59 PM)zonk Wrote:  
(09-05-2012 06:46 PM)weeble Wrote:  I looked at option No 2 - and found one for under $800!! I am about to email them asking some questions before I buy - and don't even get me started on prices of masks lol!!!
Mark the owner is very courteous and helpful.
Ask if the machine is the upgraded firmware version
You need power plug adapter or probably you can the same one

Thanks Zonk - will do
09-05-2012 07:16 PM
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brucehaas Offline

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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Swift FX
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 8 - 18
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Alberta

Post: #17
RE: Where to buy, where to buy...
Yay! I got my new machine yesterday. :-) I got the S9 Autoset and Hi5 so I'll be able to return my rental unit this morning. I also decided to try the SleepWeaver mast and after my first night, I am hopeful that it will be good. It seems pretty comfortable and I was able to fall asleep on my side (although I usually wake up on my back anyway). It did seem to leak a little, but with any luck I will be able to fit it better as I get more used to using it. I also bought a ResMed Swift FX mask which is what I have been using for the past month. I figured if I can't sort out the SleepWeaver, I can always fall back to what I know.

I must admit that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea I really didn't take it seriously. I kinda though oh, big deal if I stop breathing once in a while... just so long as I start again. I didn't realize how serious and life threatening it really can be. Needless to say, as I've done more research on it I've begun to understand how bad it is and will definitely keep up with my treatment. I am glad I found this board. Thank you all. I'm sure I will be asking for help as I understand more about my machine and what all these different settings and stats mean.
09-12-2012 12:23 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #18
RE: Where to buy, where to buy...
Hi brucehaas, Great to hear that you got your new machine and mask. Best of luck to you as you go through different facets of your CPAP therapy, keep us posted.

trish6hundred
09-12-2012 01:35 PM
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