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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 back from my ENT post-op appointment where it's been confirmed the SMD laser operation I had in August has not been a success.  Initially, it was fantastic and I was able to breathe for the first time ever through my nose, but 2 months later the problem is back (coinciding with the central heating coming on now winter's coming).  The ENT surgeon offered me 3 operations:-
1) Turbinectomy, to remove part of the turbinates
2) Septoplasty for my deviated septum, and
3) Surgery on my large soft palate.

I was quite shocked to be offered all 3 operations at once and I also pointed out that I've heard the septoplasty and soft palate surgery aren't always that successful, as well as being painful.  He said the choice is up to me, but to save me having further operations he would do it all at once - yikes!  He also pointed out that due to me not being overweight, the palate operation is likely to be more of a success (not sure why!).  At this stage I've opted for the turbinectomy, seeing as the first minor turbinates op proved very successful at first.  I can, however, ring to op for the other procedures too, but I wanted to research them first and ask the knowledgeable people on this site what they thought.

I did learn today that I have sleep apnea due to the soft palate issue, a receding jaw and a large tongue base (no 'hope' for me is there? lol), along with the nasal stuffiness! 

Thanks for your time in reading my post!

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Kath, if you try to look for the same mask I have it's the FitLife Total Face Mask by Respironics and comes in two sizes only. I think you said you looked at one Total Face Mask by the same manufacturer that comes in one size only. You do breathe through your nose with my mask, but if your nose was full of packing I guess you would just breathe through your mouth. I find it very comfortable and it's not too expensive. In your situation I would try the oracle if I truly couldn't breathe through my nose so as not to lose the benefit of therapy. I have had to skip some nights after surgery on my head due to straps across suture lines and was none the worse for it, though I couldn't recommend it.
as an after thought
should the cpap treatment be disturbing any packing
and you do not want packing

try for a short time an oral device

i purchased one for emergencies should a power failer occur
Good idea. I just wish the surgeon wouldn't use packing like Dr Park's + Banyon mentioned :(
Thanks for your concern + advice, plus your PM which I've just replied to Mary


Mary Z said:
Kath, if you try to look for the same mask I have it's the FitLife Total Face Mask by Respironics and comes in two sizes only. I think you said you looked at one Total Face Mask by the same manufacturer that comes in one size only. You do breathe through your nose with my mask, but if your nose was full of packing I guess you would just breathe through your mouth. I find it very comfortable and it's not too expensive. In your situation I would try the oracle if I truly couldn't breathe through my nose so as not to lose the benefit of therapy. I have had to skip some nights after surgery on my head due to straps across suture lines and was none the worse for it, though I couldn't recommend it.

Hi!  I had the same surgery as you and had the splints~not packing.  Done on Monda and splints removed on Thursday.  Will be 3 weeks on coming Monday (today being Friday).  ENT said to resume CPAP but I am afraid to try.  How soon did you resume yours?  Thanks!

Banyon said:



Mary Z said:
Kath, so sorry your surgery was not a success. And I thank Dr. Park for his response about the further surgery.
The Oracle by Fisher and Paykel is a mouth only mask, with nasal plugs, which you would not have to use. As I remember it comes with two sizes of mouthpieces. I tried one about a month ago, but had leakage around the nostril plugs and so could not use it. I found the mouthpiece to be very comfortable, though.

Mary, Why not tell Kath about that total face mask you use? After nasal surgery, it should be much better than the oral mask, don't you think?

Kath, I would find a surgeon that doesn't use the packing. My turbinate reduction surgery and septum correction was done without packing and things went very smoothly. The doc used splints for the septum which were removed on the third day post-op and I was back to normal except for avoiding heavy lifting for another week.

I would not have the palate surgery.

Hi Ginny

This is an old discussion you've come on and was from my 1st operation which only worked temporarily.  I then went on to have the septoplasty and turbinectomy which has worked (been speaking to you lately on your own thread about your surgery).

After both operations I used my CPAP the same day and this was when I found the best mask for me - Respironics FitLife, which I still use.  I'm sure you have no need to worry about using CPAP as, like I said, I used mine on the day of both surgeries with no problems. Incidentally, how are you feeling re tiredness after having gone 3 weeks with no CPAP? 

I fell OK.  Have been on oxygen at night to avoid low O2 sats.  I am surprised I have not resumed the frequent urination at night as I had Pre-CPAP use.  I think I will begin trying 2 masks I have in mind (one being the one you use) and if no luck back to the pillows.  I would love the one you use to work~then I could forego the horrid chin strap monster!   I will try the pillows tonight!!!!!  Thanks for your response.

I know what you mean Ginny, as I hate chin straps.  I can't bear to be made to keep my mouth shut LOL.  The thing is, I can now breathe through my nose, but after being a lifetime mouth breather, it's difficult to re-train myself and I keep forgetting to practise. 

I love my FitLife as there are no marks on the face - it saves money on liners, nasal bridge pads and strap covers too!  Hope it works for you as well as it does for me and Mary on here.

Good luck, but am sure you'll be fine tonight.

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