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99 replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"Hi Richard I mainly use an empty humidifier as it reduces noise"
Feb 16
richard graham left a comment for richard graham
"When I can afford it I'd like to get New machine with heated tube"
Feb 10
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"I would like to see this forum active again as well. I will be more aware of what's going on"
Feb 10
ZolliStar posted a discussion

If you have trouble falling asleep....

I thought that when I got my sleep apnea diagnosis, that -- at last! -- all my sleep problems had come to an end.Ha!I have trouble falling asleep. Indeed, I rarely feel sleepy at night although I do feel tired. I even cut back on computer at night, etc., etc. (and installed f.lux on my computer) but I still had trouble. Now I'm doing something different: wearing special glasses (Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear glasses). They block out the blue -- and they're making a difference! First I tried…See More
Feb 1
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"i have purchased some silver the make my own colloidal silver"
Dec 21, 2014
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"just add to the distilled water it is antimicrobial eg cleans your machine and is beneficial for keeping you healthy  from bugs germs viruses you get the picture and when you need to clean the humidifier out, put water on your plants the silver…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"If the heated tube works with your machine I would try that.  They also make covers for your tubing which may help some.  I think the heated tube may be your answer.  Keep us posted."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Richard, some folks just use the humidifier in a Passover mode.  They just don't turn it on, but let the air pick up moisture without heat."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"99, where have you been?  Do you add the colloidal silver to your humidifier?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"I Andy, I realize I'm months behind your post.  I have no idea why your S8 would stoop collecting data.  I'm glad to hear  you're having such improvement with your apnea.  I have made great strides since I changed…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?
"Andy, just found your post.  I don't know anything about this new machine.  How are you liking your new ResMed?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for Kay Day
"Kay, I haven't been around myself and miss the old, active forum."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Hi Richard,  I don't bother with a humidifier.  Someone on the forum suggested not using it and I'm a lot less congested without it.  A good AHI is under 5.  I use the Wisp and have been since it came out.  I think…"
Dec 21, 2014
hifay replied to Mary Z's discussion Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis
"Always something. Thanks for the information."
Dec 21, 2014
99 posted a discussion

colloidal silver

a humidifier can be used with colloidal silverthis can keep the humidifier clean for day maybe weeks or longer without the need to clean the humidifiersilver colloidal is antimicrobial and you could just top up your humidifier without cleaning and at the same time treat your bodyor you just put silver on it own into the humidifierSee More
Dec 20, 2014
richard graham posted a status
"I feel like the humidifier is making me feel yucky and I'm waking up hacking and having to clear my throat a lot for a while."
Nov 3, 2014
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2, 2014
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
Sep 29, 2014
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
Sep 29, 2014
Oscar Lemus updated their profile
Sep 25, 2014

Just heard from a sleep tech that her sleep center, located within a  highly prestigious hospital in one of America's largest and most affluent metropolitan centers, fills patients humidifiers with tap water on CPAP titrations.  furthermore, a 7 year-old child contracted Legionnaires Disease and died from being titrated with a CPAP humidifier filled with tap water.

Make sure you insist on distilled or reverse osmosis/ purified bottled water for your CPAP titrations in the sleep center.  The life you save may be your own.

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I know of many, many sleep labs that use only tap water in PAP humidifiers.

scary stuff, my friend.  they should know better.

Rock Conner said:

I know of many, many sleep labs that use only tap water in PAP humidifiers.

OMG!  Thanks for the heads up!  I'll take my own bottled water with me to my next test.  Wow!  How sad - and totally preventable!

the sleep center i had my sleep study done filled the humidifier with tap water, this never crossed my mind this could happen but yes they should know better , i never put tap or bottled water in my humidifier at home, i use distilled water . guess the sleep labs try to save money evey way they can. 

is it a good idea to go to a sleep lab that also has their own DME dept or do all sleep labs have their own  ?  just wondering ,  makes me think about them trying to make money on all the equipment we as sleep apnea patients need to get hopefully a good nights sleep . 

Rock Conner said:

I know of many, many sleep labs that use only tap water in PAP humidifiers.

Yes, during one of my sleep studies the tech used water from the tap.  I was too stupid to comment.  She also wired me up incorrectly  and the sleep center only had one TV remote to share between four patients.  It was owned by my former doctor who was clearly interested in it for the money.  I know better than using tap water and didn't speak up.  Can you imagine what happens with those who do not know any better?  A seven year old died.

i did not know better, was just diagnosed with sleep apnea and did not know anything about this diaseas at all except what little reseach i had done about the symptoms .

i like knowing as much as i can about whatever i am experiencing at the time and that is why i love this website , people like you guys have no motive except really wanting to help others

i appreciate all this info everyone puts on here so we as newbies can learn as much as we can and trust the info that is put on here    

Mary Z said:

Yes, during one of my sleep studies the tech used water from the tap.  I was too stupid to comment.  She also wired me up incorrectly  and the sleep center only had one TV remote to share between four patients.  It was owned by my former doctor who was clearly interested in it for the money.  I know better than using tap water and didn't speak up.  Can you imagine what happens with those who do not know any better?  A seven year old died.

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      When a tech came to my home from my DME to teach me how to use my CPAP, he told me that I could use tap water.

      I'm not sure where I found out that I should use distilled water only, but I did. I called the tech and advised him that one should never use tap water.

      I wonder if that tech still tells people that it's acceptable to use tap water....

     

I never knew you had to use distilled water until I read it here.  As of a week ago, I was using tap water because the tech from my medical product company said I didn't need to use anything else.  I used the tap water for over a month.  Yeech!!

Now that I know better I'm curious to know what is wrong with using regular tap water?
 
Mary Z said:

Yes, during one of my sleep studies the tech used water from the tap.  I was too stupid to comment.  She also wired me up incorrectly  and the sleep center only had one TV remote to share between four patients.  It was owned by my former doctor who was clearly interested in it for the money.  I know better than using tap water and didn't speak up.  Can you imagine what happens with those who do not know any better?  A seven year old died.

There is a lot of controversy over in the UK as to whether to use distilled water or not.  The manufacturers recommend it, but it's hard to get over here.  Quite a number of clinics/hospitals tell people to get deionised water instead (for car batteries etc) but this isn't the same (as I discovered to my horror after using it for a good year).  When I tell people that most people in the US used distilled water, I normally get told that it's because your water isn't as good as here in the UK (their words, not mine!!).

People here tend to use pre-boiled tap water, water straight from the tap or bottled water.

What's the real story?

Water has been treated to reduce "bugs" You Are getting residuals if you use tap .Steam distilled should be"sterile" no bug killer or "rust from your pipes. Good Sleep,Chris

Hello everyone,

It says right on my S9 water tank to use only distilled water.  This is in plain English 

imprinted on the tank.  Can't people read?  Also it is not difficult to make your own

distilled water.  

Thanks  H. Hampton

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