I got my CPAP machine four days ago. Unfortunately, the respiratory therapist began the session by telling me that she had back-to-back appointments that day. Then she zipped through the instructions on how to hook up and clean the machine, and sent me packing.
Do not pay any money until such time as the RT spends time with you, goes through everything and that you are happy with the equipment.............particularly the mask...........she MUST show you a full range of equipment. You are the customer.........do not accept second rate service. This is a very trying time for you and you need all the support you can get. It is not your problem if the RT cuts corners by having back to back appointments. You must put your foot down.
The literature she gave me says, "You will experience almost immediate relief from your symptoms by using CPAP Therapy."
She didn't warn me that there might be a long period of adjustment, or even tell me about online support. I found you guys by myself.
Everyone is different. On a service level you should not have been left to paddle your own canoe.
I have a REMstarPlus M Series, with heated humidifier and nasal mask. I think I have been sleeping a little longer each night, but I get awakened by discomfort, leaks and what I think you call mouth blowouts. I adjust the mask and go back to sleep. (Pressure is set at 15.)
Pressure setting of 15 is at the middle to higher end of things. Pressure settings start as low as 4 and cpap machines max out at 20. Do you have cflex?
What is bothering me most is head congestion, headaches and a runny nose.
The humidifier output was set at 2, but last night I moved it back to 1 (off is 0) to try to reduce the congestion. Today the congestion is worse and I have been walking around with a box of Kleenex. I also took an allergy pill today, but see no improvement.
Would increasing the humidifier output help, do you think?
Head congestion etc is probably being caused by the new experience of cpap. Talk to your sleep doctor or clinic. A nasal spray may be required. These symptoms are not unusual.....................I'm still annoyed at the RT.......this should have been explained to you.
You need to 'play around' with humidifier settings until you get 'comfortable'.
Also, I have developed puffy eyes and dark circles under my eyes. What is up with THAT? Halloween is over, but I look like I am in ghoul makeup.
I believe that your puffy eyes are being caused by mask leaks.............the dark circles probably come side by side with that. What type of nasal mask have you got ? Did the RT fit it for you and explain about leaks etc ?
I feel well-motivated to adjust to CPAP -- but I see it's probably going to be through the kindness of others, and not necessarily with the help of the respiratory therapist.
Positive attitude.........which you have.........is just about everything. Post back some of the detail I looked for above. There are plenty of people here willing to help.
At this stage I am furious with the antics of the RT..................lodge a formal complaint...........it's just not good enough.
Best of luck and keep posting.