"Thanks for this, Mary.
Worse comes to worse, I'll buy a used machine from Second Wind. First I'm going to see if I can get my doctor to prescribe one.
Maybe this is the final answer. Meanwhile, I'm surely happy to have…"
"Zollistar, I think the ASV is hands down the best machine. It took me four years to get hooked up. Because of lingering depression and continued day time sleepiness with a high AHI my doctor suggested a night in the lab with an…"
"May I ask two dumb-dumb questions? What do "Dx" and "CSA" mean?
And here is a not-so-dumb-dumb question (I hope!): From your experience, do people sleep better using an ASV machine?
I look forward to your answer.
"You will most likely not be able to get insurance approval for an ASV without a Dx of CSA. I think that saying that an ASV breathes with you is false. ASV does however provide a better breath support and algorithm for auto use. The newer ASV units…"
"Hi Zollistar, I much prefer using an Apap to a straight Cpap. I changed over a few years ago and found straight away that I had much less of a problem with leaks. Another thing that I have noticed is I used to have ongoing problems with my nose…"
"ZolliStar, I went straight to an auto so can't really compare but from what I have heard there are two major benefits, first, the comfort factor of not having the high pressure all night and second, it adjusts to what you require, so if you use…"
"Ginny, they are probably not doing anything against the law- though it may seem like fraud to us it may be an accepted practice. I would rather change DME's. Have you talked to the manager. They don't want to lose your…"
"I just use a large rubber band and safety pin to attach i tho the sheet. It doesn't exactly kink, but rather seems to have almost bends that don't quite ever go away. I have one that doesn't but all the others seem to.…"
"My light weight tubing does not have a tendency to kink. It just hangs down from the stand and comes back up to the bed. I tried a hose hanger, but bought the cheaper travel model and it just wasn't up to the task."
"I was really surprised when the congestion improved without the humidification. Yes, I use the lighter weight tubing too. Do you have trouble getting the bends and kinks out of them???? I have one favorite that is broken in and I hate…"
"The reasoning behind changing the tubing is that it may develop small holes or tears which causing leakage. I am careful with my tubing and don't have any animals or children playing with the tubing. I don't feel like they have…"
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'Morning, Chuck....good to hear from you and glad you're venturing onto the site this soon. You'll find that everyone on here will be as warm and welcoming as I. We love having new people join our group 'cause it's the BEST!! Having said that, you're welcome! You may find it's kind of a "pass it forward" kind of thing. If you see someone new coming on, you or anyone else is welcome to reach out and welcome THAT new person. It all just builds on itself, which is pretty neat to be a part of--everybody wins!!!
Do you feel comfortable sharing some of your story with us? Or do you have a question that's been on your mind? (If you're like many of us, you may have a gazillion questions!!!). Regardless, please feel free to jump in. If you want a multi-opinion response, which can be very interesting, try starting with a new discussion topic. If you headline it with "I'm new" or "Help" or something that alerts folks that you're just starting out, things will pop!!
You're about to begin a journey that can literally be life-changing and/or life saving. To say nothing of having some unexpected fun from time to time!!
Hi Charles--welcome to SleepGuide! You've just joined a group of the most compassionate and dynamic people you'd ever want to meet. We're so happy to have you!
Don't let the slow commentary on here today disappoint you. It's just because of the holiday weekend. On a regular basis this site is a beehive of activity. People may be on and off till Tuesday but then you'll get a glimpse of what's in store for you. Meantime, if you haven't already, you might want to take a look at the current discussions going on and feel FREE to add any reply you like. The discussions are always open to any member, and that now includes YOU! This is THE place to get info, support, and cyber-companionship on this journey of sleep apnea. (Some folks, like me, who are rowdier, or ruder, may describe it in any other terms at times!!). It ain't no fun, as you've probably already discovered. But there's fun to be had in being with this group, so hang in there till Tuesday and it'll start to rip all over again! If it's okay with you, I'm gonna send a friend request to you--that just means, if you accept, that friends on SG kinda keep an eye on each other and, basically, pay attention to what each may be going through. Or it can mean you'd just like to have a friend out here who cares what your concerns are. Again, welcome, and I'll look forward to seeing you online!!