Well, I finally got the FitLife Total Face Mask that will spare the bridge of my nose. My nose could not take any more punishment, even after more than 15 days off the Quattro, within three days I was back to square one.
I used the FitLife for the first time last night. I'll add to this as I get more experience with it.
I liked it last night. I had some minor leaks but they were easily dealt with by lifting the mask off my face (straps attached) and gently repositioning it. I had to wear the quattro tight, in spite of what everyone says I could never get it to float on a cushion of air on my face. Loosening the straps made the leaks worse. I just had to tighten that thing down. The FitLife is totally different - it's a very simple mask with one cushion- not one over another one like the quattro (I know I'm not saying that very well) . It was easy to run my finger along the seal to reseat it. It looks more like a scuba mask that also covers your mouth. I do have to sleep on my back with it as it extends so far out around the side of my face- from over the eyebrows, around the eyes and under the lower lip.
I did have to change some machine settings so I need to get the DME to make sure everything is right and that I'm getting the right pressure this mask is so big. The machine was set on spontaneous and that won't work with this mask. It felt like it was breathing without me instead of with me. I sure have more sympathy now for people who say they feel like they're fighting the machine. My leak was good- 0.12, but as I said I'm not sure of the numbers with this mask. AHI and AI were high (32.6/19), but that's after about 20 days off the machine.. The mask solves my nose problem, seems like it's going to work, and is comfortable. As I said I need to get with the DME and make sure the machine settings are correct. This mask is so different things might need to be tweaked to use it with my ResMed machine. The mask is so new I went online to Phillips web site to register it and they don't even list it as a choice. I bought it at CPAP.com for $144.00, still would be waiting on the DME who only has small ones.
Sorry to be so long winded.
Hope it continues to work for you.
Well, so far I haven't been able to get the leaks under control with the FitLife Total Face Mask. My IPAP is 22; if I use the ramp I know right away when the numbers get higher as the seals start to blow out. I am working on this, I tried a stocking over the top
Well, I'm doing better with the mask. I'm using Macks silicone around the whole perimeter of the mask. I also found that the top back strap was sliding down the back of my head pulling the mask down with it. There is also a strap that goes over the top of your head, so I tied the top back strap to the top of the head strap which prevents the strap from sliding down on my head- great improvement. I also find if I score the macks silicone with a small pocket knife each night it seems to adhere better. One thing about this mask is that the headgear is large and I may have to do some sewing to shorten some straps. I'm finally getting used to sleeping on my back. It doesn't seem to be a real sturdy mask. I hope it will last three months.