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by Janknitz
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: Respironics Dreamwear difficult exhale
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Respironics Dreamwear difficult exhale

Is your exhalation pressure relief on? Have you set your machine for a nasal mask? It shouldn't be any harder to breathe out with the Dreamwear mask. You might try a different size cushion to see if that helps. Also, try loosening the mask just a tiny bit if it's smooshing your nose. I find that I h...
by Janknitz
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: Provider mentioned I cant use SD card with rental Airsense 10 Autoset
Replies: 22
Views: 679

Re: Provider mentioned I cant use SD card with rental Airsense 10 Autoset

I'm paraphrasing but they definitely told me that I wouldn't be able to use an SD card with the machine. It was pretty evident they weren't aware of how an SD card could be used with a machine though. Of course they are aware (one would certainly HOPE they read the provider manual), but what we tak...
by Janknitz
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: Newbie - first impressions
Replies: 6
Views: 180

Re: Newbie - first impressions

I have an apple watch and my husband has a fit bit. His fit bit is way better at giving sleep data and fairly accurate as he can see. He has insomnia so he usually knows when he comes fully awake and you can see it in his data pretty clearly, along with info on oxygen levels and breathing. AW does n...
by Janknitz
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: Do I still have sleep apnea?
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: Do I still have sleep apnea?

You can do the watch pat without the chest strap but it doesn't measure respiratory effort without that strap. If you have complex apnea it may not capture that data. But if it was a matter of "just" severe OSA, you should be able to get useful data from the Watch Pat.
by Janknitz
Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: Insurance vs self pay
Replies: 18
Views: 851

Re: Insurance vs self pay

I did my homework and it appears that the new ResMed 11 is a nice machine but I can't get a straight answer from any DME on what the cash price would be. Has anyone gotten a cash price for the new ResMed 11? I've never seen an industry where no one seems to have a clue about anything. Very frustrat...
by Janknitz
Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: Closed MRI
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Closed MRI

I took a Xanax and my impression was "Wow, that's no big deal". Not sure I would have agreed without the Xanax. BUT, it was WAY too loud to possibly fall asleep.
by Janknitz
Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: have tried so many masks
Replies: 75
Views: 1762

Re: have tried so many masks

She went to a different medical group and liked her NP. I wonder if I could switch groups. I am so unimpressed with my current group. It is or will be very soon open enrollment time. If you are not happy with the NP, it's time to change. Is that 88 number the desat number? And if I don't have desat...
by Janknitz
Mon Oct 11, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: have tried so many masks
Replies: 75
Views: 1762

Re: have tried so many masks

Are you with Kaiser by any chance? You need an in-lab polysomnogram to see if something else is going on. The Watch Pat is fine for "run of the mill" OSA, but with the cognitive issues you are complaining of, you need a more thorough assessment.
by Janknitz
Sun Oct 10, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: Very hard to breath in mask.
Replies: 24
Views: 573

Re: Very hard to breath in mask.

Most of us feel like we are suffocating at 5. We aren't, 5 is plenty of air, but it's a PERCEPTION, not reality. Likewise it's perception that you are not getting enough air when the machine is not on. There's plenty of airflow, but it can feel like there's not. Also you may have a little bit of cla...
by Janknitz
Sun Oct 10, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: have tried so many masks
Replies: 75
Views: 1762

Re: have tried so many masks

Onward, maybe you need to consider something else. Listen to Karen Wolk's presentation for the American Sleep Apnea Association conference in 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pozyDRaE-LI She ended up with an implanted stimulator. And she had significant cognitive issues related to her apnea tha...
by Janknitz
Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: Insurance vs self pay
Replies: 18
Views: 851

Re: Insurance vs self pay

Not all insurers have a contracted rate with a particular DME True but one would think that if the insurance company recommended a particular DME then they would have a working contract with that DME....usually they recommend DMEs that are in network. And even if they didn't...all it takes is a sim...
by Janknitz
Thu Oct 07, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: Insurance vs self pay
Replies: 18
Views: 851

Re: Insurance vs self pay

I respectuflly beg to differ with Pugsy on one point. DME's usually know what the Medicare allowable amount is on any particular HCPCs code because a large portion of their CPAP customers are on Medicare. But there can be literally hundreds of insurers out there, and each insurer may have many level...
by Janknitz
Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: pillow vs cradle
Replies: 14
Views: 367

Re: pillow vs cradle

The cradle style masks are very soft and don't put pressure on the upper lip and gums unless you tighten them too much. I use the Dreamwear and that one would put pressure on the nose, not the upper lip and gums if tightened too much (the Miss Piggy nose squish). It was a little hard to wear when I ...
by Janknitz
Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: The rental period is over so I guess I own my machine. Now what?
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: The rental period is over so I guess I own my machine. Now what?

Machines have a 2 years warranty..You take it back to the DME and they send it to Resmed for repair or replace. After 2 years, until it's replaced, you are on your own, just like any other appliance or mechanical item. Some insurers require the DME to service the machine for 5 years, even after it'...
by Janknitz
Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: CPAP and Sleep Apnea Message Board
Topic: Insurance vs self pay
Replies: 18
Views: 851

Re: Insurance vs self pay

Consider you might be able to find a gently used machine (they are out there because so many people fail) and one of our members sells on Craigslist for very decent prices. Or even buying a new machine on Cpap.com--what will all this cost? Do the math first--actual out of pocket expenses. Don't forg...