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Old 08-12-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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Ohio where do you have your humidifier set at?
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Dublin, OH
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Ohio where do you have your humidifier set at?
The knob on mine goes from 0-5...mine is set at 2...I found if I set it higher, I'd wake up w/ water dripping on my nose and face b/c the air temp in the room would condense that moisture in the tube...below that, my throat felt too dry...though, on the occasional time when I have stopped up sinus, due to a cold or allergies, I move it down to 1, and it helps dry the sinus out and clears it up.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

A few things I have found,

Afer loosing two jobs for sleeping at my desk (yeah, I know denial ain't just a river in Egypt). I finally had a sleep study done about 3 yrs ago. AHI of about 60, scary part, oxygen sats down to about 92%! Got a machine and took about 2 to 3 weeks to get used to it. Now I can't fall asleep without it.

My DME (Durable Medical Equipment) supplier ripped me off good, but when you're tired and desperate, you don't read the fine print. Turns out what I thought was an outright purchase was in fact a lease/purchase agreement. Between the inflated price the DME charged me, the co-pays for each lease payment, and the deductible from my insurance, I paid more out of pocket than I could have purchased one on the internet for. Yes, you will need a copy of your Rx for whomever you buy the machine from. Keep a copy don't surrender your only copy to the DME! I have found most internet suppliers friendly and helpful. Also, I highly recommend checking out some of the internet forums on Sleep Apnea. cpaptalk.com is one I particularly like. Knowledge is power, and there are a lot of us out there.

As for equipment, I use a respironcs C-FLEX Auto-PAP with humidifier (set on max), its an older unit, no longer made but it works for me. My mask is a full face type Fisher and Paykel Flex-Fit 431. I would recommend an Auto-PAP (A-PAP) machine with the ability to read the data. Any of the major brands should be OK, do your research and check the forums to see what others have to say about your equipment. Don't be a slave to your DME or Sleep Doc. You need to take charge of your therapy. After all its your therapy not theirs.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:03 PM
 
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Nuke my current machine takes cards in the back that download the data to the sleep doctor. My old machine would just record the number of hours the machine was used.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:12 PM
 
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They are letting me try out the nose pillows and the full mask. Tried the nose pillows the first night...rough to say the least. Getting used to the full frontal mask and making some progress. They have my setting getting to 10 and they said I had it BAD from my sleep study. Getting a little more energy day by day but am aware that it takes a while. Good luck to everybody!
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Dublin, OH
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My C-PAP machine is a ReMaster Plus M Series...I use the Respironics Comfort Series Gel Mask.
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I use the Mirage Swift II Pillows.

My machine is the ResMed S8 Elite II

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Old 08-13-2009, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Jersey Shore to Charlotte, NC
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I use the Mirage Swift II Pillows.

My machine is the ResMed S8 Elite II
Flying, I have the exact same equipment, I need to take Ohio's advise and use it when I nap, because I find myself gasping for air on occassion.
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:29 AM
 
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I use the Mirage Swift II Pillows.

My machine is the ResMed S8 Elite II
You & I use the same setup.
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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I have the same machine, but use a full face mask.
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