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Old 07-13-2014, 19:31   #21
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I can't remember how long I have been using the mask liners, but I have always ordered them directly until this April when I found them at my medical supply store. I do hand wash the liners and use them three or four times.

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My druggist only had these because another customer had ordered them & then changed his mind. Now I'll talk to him about stocking them routinely. It's only been this last year that they've started handling CPAP supplies & I'm delighted! A 25-mile drive is infinitely easier than a two-day wait for my previous provider to ship things.




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Yeah, AHI still 30 or more. I go back in a few mins. Like I said before, pressure looks to be set at 7 even though sleep study showed 11 as optimum. Should get it fixed today.

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I had a sleep study in 2008. If I remember correctly, I was waking around 100 times per hour. My CPAP is set to ramp up from 7 to 14, but I just start it straight at full go. The first night I put the mask on I thought, Ill never get used to this. I slept straight through that night, and I have used my machine probably 99% of the nights since.

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Sounds like my story too, David . . . I took to it pretty quick, I crank it up to full power at the get-go, and I'm really attached to it now! And since RobertIA put me onto the soft absorbent mask liners, it has helped a lot for these hot humid summer nights when I'm apt to fight it a bit if the room gets to muggy.




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And no, CPAP has not helped my diabetes either - it isn't meant to - but I think I'm onto something it IS helping - my hay fever!
You are right Shanny; however, there is a benefit. Lack of sleep makes diabetes more difficult to manage. By using the CPAP machine, you are obtaining the sleep you need which does make diabetes easier to manage.

The CPAP does not lower blood glucose, but the sleep for the length of time needed does make for easier management. So for those of us with sleep apnea, we do obtain some benefit.

As you explained, the largest benefit is preventing strokes or heart attacks. I have lost one friend several years ago who would not wear his mask because of the problem he had with the facial indentations because he always had the straps too tight. I always told him that his vanity would kill him, and it did. I even introduced him to the cloth mask liners and told him that this would allow him to loosen the straps, but he would not wear his mask.

His brother received his mask and because he had no insurance, was very happy to have it and after he obtained insurance has replaced the parts on a regular basis.

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People definitely need to keep their equipment updated, because the headgear eventually gets stretched out & the cushions get old & flat. If anyone is getting indentions on their faces because of wearing the mask too tight, they prob'ly need new cushions or headgear or both.

My provider calls every few months to see what I need, and I've gotten so I just have them send the whole box of whatever I'm due for. I may not be quite out of filters yet, but hey! Send 'em on over. It never hurts to have a spare cushion or two in case one gets torn. Headgear always shrinks a little when washed, but if the 'shrink' doesn't last as long as it used to - time to replace!




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I am a mouth breather. Use a chin strap but, as you say, it stretches out fast. Tried a full face mask and it literally put painful scars on my - apparently oddly shaped - face.

I am calling my provider to find out about those soft mask liners...like why they were not mentioned a couple months ago when I tried the full face mask again.

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I've been on CPAP for ten years and nobody ever mentioned these liners to me until Bob posted it here.

BTW, Bob has also written a coupla blog entries about using CPAP, so if any of you want to know more, just click the link in his signature and search his blog for mask liners.





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I'm going to have to look into those face mask liners. I could really use them. Between some nights being muggy, and other nights when I have a hot flash or night sweats, it would truly help.

I've had a CPAP for several years now. I take it with me even on an overnight excursion. It also does not get counted as a carry on when you travel by airplane. Just a little plus!

In the beginning, I liked the ramp up because it gave me time to get used to the air blowing in my nose. However, after so many years, I don't need that now. I also remember in the beginning that I would rip the headgear off in the middle of the night. So sometimes it takes some adjusting. I am a stomach sleeper, so it was really tough with a full face mask. I also didn't like the full face mask because it would cause condensation inside it and drip on my face. I hated that.

I now use a nasal pillow mask, and it works well for me. I tried a newer version one, and honestly I like the older one. I am going to have to call my medical supplier and tell them. My insurance allows for new tubing, masks, etc. every six months, so the medical supplier automatically contacts me. Works out nicely.

I have also kept my older headgear and different masks for those "just in case" moments. I know that when I had a really bad head cold last year, I was so stuffed up I couldn't breathe through my nose at all. I couldn't wear my nasal pillow mask because I felt like I was suffocating. I was snoring horribly. Hubby woke me up and told me to put my mask on. I tried and eventually was able to breathe a little bit, but perhaps I should use the full face mask if that happens again. Never thought about that.

Good Luck Incognito! I hope you get where you need to be with it. It is really amazing how much better you feel after sleeping soundly. I used to sleep and wake up tired. I'd drink a pot of coffee and be falling asleep while drinking it! Now when I wake up, I feel refreshed.

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