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Sleep Clinics Help Or Hinderance.
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 There is one thing that I pick up on throughout the forums that I visit is the differences in the way that various Sleep Clinics deal with us there patients.There most definately seems to be a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kath Hope Mar 26, 2011.

"Rainout" What is it and how can we prevent it ?
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 "Rainout" is a term that some of you might know and some might not but it is something that we may all come up against if we are using a Humidifier with our machines.Basically in lay mans terms it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tigers Fan Apr 9, 2011.

Sleep Apnoea And The Dvla
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 I have been asked to add this discussion as it is a bit of a grey area and most sleep clinics are very lax in the information that they hand out to there patients regarding the rules and regulations…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jackie Mar 13, 2011.


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My Interest in Sleep Apnoea
I have Sleep Apnoea
Treatment Being Used, If Any
Auto-Adjusting CPAP
If Machine Being Used, What Make? (e.g., Respironics M Series with A-Flex Auto-Adjusting CPAP)
Resmed s8 escape
If Mask Being Used, What Type? (e.g., ResMed Activa Nasal Mask)
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At 12:34 on March 14, 2011, Jackie said…

ooops that was the longer way round ...

press MAIN on the tabs at the top and it will bring up some options

click on the paint tin and brush symbol

not sure which way I went last night, cannot even remember what time I went to bed.

At 12:30 on March 14, 2011, Jackie said…

back again ...

top right of screen has your name and sign out

below that SETTINGS

click and then on left

click MY PAGE

in centre ish .... of screen see APPEARANCES change ...

CLICK and have a play.


GSD is our boy Sam who is a rescue dog and we have had for almost 4 years now.

His favourite play thing is my sisters dog ... Westie - little girl called Cooper (yes I know a boys name, but brother in law wouldn't call her Volvo, so guess his favourite car?)

Coooper is a terrorist of the 1st degree and leads Sam into trouble. She has him wrapped around her little paw lol.

I will try and find a pic of them together.

At 12:20 on March 14, 2011, Jackie said…

Hi Andy, thank you for a lovely welcome ... love the hoseheads lol.


now I am trying to remember how I changed my page ... will have to go and look and come back :) xx

At 10:51 on March 10, 2011, Kath Hope said…
Aw thanks for the offer Andy, but I already have both.  My Twitter's hope2sleep1 and the Facebook's http://www.facebook.com/hope2sleep.co.uk .  Even got Linked In, but just realized I forgot to tell them on there.  Best do it.....
At 23:05 on March 9, 2011, Kath Hope said…

That will be brilliant thanks Andy and a great opening to the site, as I shall be spreading the word properly in a couple of days so more folk will be joining us.  Thanks for your support and help :)

Hope you sleep well too!

At 17:20 on March 9, 2011, Kath Hope said…
That would be BRILLIANT Andy.  Can you do it as a new Discussion please?  In hindsight we should have done the rainout one as a discussion too, but we're all still learning eh? LOL
At 12:40 on March 9, 2011, Kath Hope said…

That's great Andy, and folks on here will welcome your help, and a forum is also a very good way for people to learn more about their 'condition'.  We all need to support each other, although it won't be too long before we are joined by friends and family as the UK is getting more aware of it.

Great that you're a HGV driver too, as drivers are under the 'wrong' impression that they'll lose their job if they get diagnosed.  You'll probably also know much more about the DVLA rules and regs than the rest of us.

At 12:29 on March 9, 2011, Niel Fordon said…
Thanks for the advice Andy. 
At 11:24 on March 9, 2011, Kath Hope said…
Hi Andy and so pleased you've found us.  We've only been 'on air' for a day and lots more people will be joining us as they hear about us.  It will be a friendly forum where people feel able to share their problems and give advice (like you already have thanks).

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Kath Hope replied to Linda's discussion Do charities take new surplus CAPD masks?
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Do charities take new surplus CAPD masks?

when I request a replacement medium Phillips Respironics mask from my NHS provider I am given a pack that includes all size masks and new headgear.  I have queried this and have been advised this is how they are supplied.  It seems a terrible waste.…See More
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I have finally found the answer  I have increased the EPR to 3 This has kept my pressure below 14 for the last 3 days . Im very annoyed that the hospital and Resmed had not increased this  For some reason increasing the EPR has reduced the…"
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Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"Its me not the machine. The S9 has been checked by Resmed and no fault was found but the circuit board was changed as a precaution. I have used another S9 but had the same problem. I have been told by the hospital that despite my AHI being under 1…"
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"Don't rule out a fault with the machine or restricted airflow. I would also not rule out that you might be one of the few that needs a different machine. In any case, it should not go to 20 and sit there, I would get it checked or replaced. If…"
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"Before I make a decision I am going to try something different. I have noticed that when it goes up to 20 most times it has done so when the pressure has dropped to minimum which is 12 at present. I will increase the minimum pressure to 14 so…"
Nov 12
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I think its time to make a decision. Either buy another make of APAP or get referred to another hospital which supplies a different make"
Nov 12
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"That is hard to believe.  A pressure of 20 is quite high and very few require that amount of pressure. 1 ltr/min is nothing, the machine should cope with that without any problems at all. A lot of people get mixed up with pressure and…"
Nov 11
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I thought I had this problem solved but it got stuck at 20 again last night. My 95% pressure was 19, AHI  0.1 and leak 1 l/min. Sleepyhead shows that it was stuck at 20 for approx 30 mins ."
Nov 11
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Nov 9
Sleep2snore replied to Ruth Furniss's discussion Cold air
"Don't know what machine ou have, but a heated hose can help a lot. You can get them as a stand alone but it is not ideal. If your machine has the facility for a heated hose it might be worth the investment. Heating the room will help."
Oct 30
Sleep2snore replied to Renee Rowlands's discussion Recommendation please for Oximeter purchase.
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Oct 28
Kath Hope replied to Ruth Furniss's discussion Cold air
"Like you say yourself Ruth, warming up the bedroom will help, but also if you don't have a heated humidifier then that would help - as will covering the tube with a Hose Cover."
Oct 28
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Oct 28
Ruth Furniss posted a discussion

Cold air

Hi I have sleep apnoea & Copd this is my first winter using cpap, found it very hard to sleep last night because of breathing in cold air was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to warm the air up besides sleeping in a warm room? I…See More
Oct 28
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Bill Thomson added a discussion to the group Buy-Sell-Swap

ResMed DC-DC converter for S9

I have for sale a converter which allows the S9 machine, which requires a 24v supply, to run from a vehicle 12v or 24v DC socket, or direct from a 12v battery. The converter can power a humidifier and heated tube as well as the CPAP machine,…See More
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