Thanks to everyone for the advice. At least now when I see my Doctor on the 19th I will have some good questions for him and won't feel like I am in the dark.
Tried mask tonight for 6 hours, never fell asleep. I am giving up till I see the Dr. It's almost 4am and I am going back to bed mask free so I get at least 2 hours of sleep tonight.
I woke up this morning disappointed that I had taken the mask off last night and fell asleep.
Then I felt my face (or opened my mouth a little bit to see if my cheeks inflated) and realized I hadn't.
So yeah, it does get better.
I know what you mean... I've had to put my hand in front of the exhaust to see if there is really air moving. :-)
I've gotten so used to the machine that I actually can't sleep without it at all, now. I start of uneasy, and notice every time an apnea occurs as I'm nodding off. Given that I lived with SA for years, untreated, because I didn't think it was that bad, and I personally never noticed it, it says a lot that they wake me up now if I try to sleep without my machine.
Don't give up! You've received great advice already and you can try different masks to see which one is right for you. I've just completed my 3 months compliance and can't imagine sleeping without CPAP. It's not that I love wearing a mask and chin strap to bed, but because I feel much better. I would not want to go back to feeling like I did before CPAP therapy. You might learn more about the mask trial program some suppliers have where you can try masks until you find the right one. Hopefully your DME would do that for you but if not, I'd recommend taking matters into your own hands and find the right mask, whatever it takes.