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Ultra Mirage Full Face mask my fix for leaks

Postby IBTeri on Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:50 pm

I bought gel heel huggers from walgreens
and inserted gel towards nose.
I didn't take the paper off just left as is from package.
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Postby Snoredog on Sun Oct 22, 2006 9:52 pm

um you just blocked the mask's "EXHAUST PORTS" a big NO NO.

Blocking off those holes severly limits how the machine can washout the CO2 you exhale. This means you are going to be rebreathing 100% your exhaled CO2.

I don't recommend ANYONE do this, it is very dangerous.
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Postby Vader on Sun Oct 22, 2006 9:54 pm

Snoredog wrote:um you just blocked the mask's "EXHAUST PORTS" a big NO NO.

Blocking off those holes severly limits how the machine can washout the CO2 you exhale. This means you are going to be rebreathing your exhaled CO2.

I don't recommend ANYONE do this, it is very dangerous.


LOL

You beat me to it. I was just going to say the same thing! :o

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Postby IBTeri on Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:00 pm

it looks like I am but I'm not. It has full air flow and EXHAUST

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hope these pictures help you see better

I took paper backing off and stuck it in place so I could show you better.

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Postby rested gal on Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:47 pm

That looks really comfortable, Teri. Creative fix! :D

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Postby Vader on Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:13 pm

IBTeri wrote:it looks like I am but I'm not. It has full air flow and EXHAUST

hope these pictures help you see better

I took paper backing off and stuck it in place so I could show you better.


Does that gel rest on the bridge of your nose?

I'm not sure what it does, but I'll take your word for it,
even though I rarely have any leakage with my UMFF.
Looks like it would be a problem for me even if I did need the fix, because I wash my mask every day, which incidently- helps keep a real good seal.

Thanks for the clarification, though.



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Postby IBTeri on Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:29 pm

I wash mine everyday too. thats why I didn't take the paper backing off the heel hugger. I only stuck it in place so you could see what I was talking about when I took the parts off to show it wasn't blocking exhaust port.

even though the Ultra Mirage Full Face mask instruction cd said to wash mask once a week.

oh and I used the Ultra Mirage Full Face mask instruction cd to fit it.


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Postby IBTeri on Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:21 am

I forgot to mention that I have a size small standard mask.

All I know is that for the first time since starting cpap I haven't taken the mask off because it was leaking and driving me nuts.

I only take off to go to bathroom or to get something to drink. Than I go back to sleep.

I told my husband I should have him take pictures when I am asleep on my side so you can see how much of a problem leaks where for me before I tried this and it worked. Will post them if I remember or can get him to do that for me.


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Postby Vader on Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:33 pm

IBTeri wrote:All I know is that for the first time since starting cpap I haven't taken the mask off because it was leaking and driving me nuts.


I'm glad it's working for you, and I do think it's very nice of you to share your ideas on this forum. Sometimes we're all a " lil' bit" skeptical, at first... :wink:

Good luck, and continued success!



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