I'm cranky 'cause today I feel horrible, so please bear with me.
Today's the 18th, Monday. On Thursday I saw my DME because I was feeling worse and worse, sleep had decreased significantly over a period of time (from 6-7 hours to 4-5 hours every night).
He ran my data card = I had a massive leak due to mouth breathing (I love the mask I had--NO leaks and very comfortable but knew I was mouth breathing due to extremely dry mouth q a.m.). SO, since I was due for a new mask anyway, he suggested I try a full face mask. I was admittedly leery, thinking it would be claustrophobic, which it wasn't, even in the DME office.
Came home, have used it nightly since. First night 7 hours sleep. Second night 7 hours sleep. I was lovin' it! Mask was comfortable, no leaking, and SLEPT, better than before.
Saturday night, sleep was down to 6 hours. Last night the machine was acting up in some way. I went to sleep initially per usual and slept for awhile soundly. Then about 3 hours in I woke up and realized the machine wasn't running. Hit the button, it started up fine. Went back to sleep.
Long story short, I was back and forth with the stupid thing the rest of the night, ended up sleeping, probably a total of 4 hours. Also, the mask was weird for the first time. Seemed to be leaking from different places at different times. I was constantly having to mess with it. The machine was running off and on; mostly it seemed to be on ramp speed (which I only use once when initially going to sleep). At times it was running full steam, at other times, it clearly was blowing way too slow.
I have a call in to my DME. There's definitely something wrong with equipment somewhere. I know I got poor quality sleep 'cause I feel like crap, have a bad headache (unusual for me).
I really like my DME and he provides good service. However, I know he exchanges parts in machines, etc., which has never caused me a problem. This is the same machine I've had from the beginning. It's NEVER acted up like this. AND I don't understand why a new (?) mask that was working fine for 2-3 nights, suddenly started leaking like a sieve.
My question is--what should I ask DME for when I see him?, which I'm pretty sure will be later today. I feel as though there's SOMETHING I need to insist on, but I don't know what it is.
Any thoughts on this??? I sure hope so, 'cause I haven't had effective CPAP results for some time, first because of mouth breathing (which I didn't realize were CPAP leaks!), and second, I just want to get this crap under control. I'm 100% compliant but it's not doing me a damn bit of good if the equipment's not working right.....
Will appreciate anyone's ideas about this. I'm feeling clueless, for the first time in several weeks now.