Learning about CPAP equipment

After I was diagnosed with the Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dr Win sent orders for CPAP equipment to be sent to my house.  For my CPAP machine, I have a PR System One and my first CPAP mask was an Amara Gel Full Face Mask .  I had a major problem getting used to my CPAP machine using the Amara full face mask because I found that particular CPAP mask made me so claustrophobic!  In the CPAP world, in order to maintain compliance with your CPAP machine, you have to use it  minimum of four hours a day!  It was quite difficult to get full compliance for the first three weeks that I was on the CPAP machine with the Amara full face mask.  I started to do research on cpap.com to get a new CPAP mask for myself that is much less claustrophobic for myself and I ran into the Amara View full face mask.   The Amara View full face mask touches your face in a minimal way introducing pressurized air into your nose underneath it and making a tight seal on your mouth.  One of the best things about the Amara View mask is that you have a totally  unobstructed view looking out of the Amara  View mask.  I can watch TV, read a book, etc. while using my CPAP machine because of my new Amara View mask.  Also, I would like to point out that the Amara View mask doesn’t make me feel claustrophobic when I have it on (which is a great blessing for me).  I have a tip for all new CPAP users out there: if you are experiencing  difficulties with your CPAP equipment (like your CPAP mask, for an example) take a proactive approach to solve the problem!  Research the problem out like I did and then confer with your sleep team.  I was so unhappy with the Amara full face mask.  I started by educating myself on various CPAP masks out there.  I eventually found the CPAP mask that I was most happy with and I told that to my respiratory therapist  on my sleep team.  He fitted me with a medium size Amara View mask that I have worn ever since September 2015.

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Diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

I have had trouble sleeping for the past two or three years.  The most sleep I would get per night would be up to five hours at night and I would fall asleep at a moment’s notice in the daytime hours.  I  was telling a medical doctor (that I don’t usually see) about my abnormal sleep patterns and she recommended that I see a sleep specialist for an all night sleep test.   I was referred to my local sleep center where they gave me a home sleep test to administer to myself for a night.  I brought the home sleep test equipment back to the sleep center and was told to wait for a week or so.  Here are the results of my home sleep test: AHI events per hour was 9, while the oxygen in my blood during these AHI events went as low as 72%.  My sleep specialist, Dr Win, diagnosed me with moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea and prescribed a CPAP machine during sleep hours to treat the Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  I was diagnosed with the Obstructive Sleep Apnea in August 2015.