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Hope2Sleep Charity Helps with India's COVID-19 Crisis

Sorry the forum hasn't been as active as normal as all of us at the Hope2Sleep Charity have hardly had chance to breathe (except in sleep with our masks on thankfully) as we've been so busy.  We've…Continue

Tags: Ventilators, Oxygen-Concentrators, COVID-19, India

Started May 25

Help for NHS Research when New to CPAP

We've been asked to help a team of researchers from the NHS (including Professor Joerg Steier from Guy's & St Thomas' who is our charity's medical advisor) if we will help them develop a package…Continue

Started May 25

Philips Respironics New Sleep Apnoea Diagnostic Service

If you snore and are tired, you could be suffering from sleep apnoea (see signs + symptoms on our website)…Continue

Started Apr 8, 2018

RAFFLE for out UK Supporters - ends Saturday 21st October 2017

We're extending our raffle to our United Kingdom Supporters *(sorry rules mean we can't share this out of…Continue

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Kath Hope replied to John's discussion Getting a precise diagnosis - scans ?
"Ha, that's typical John, as your GP would have been able to give you a good examination. Regarding the conflicting advice you've been given regarding jaw surgery, that's very difficult. We've come across several people who have…"
Oct 1
Kath Hope replied to Sally Gray's discussion Cleaning products advice please!
"Hi Sally You're right that we do have to keep a good cleaning regime with our CPAP and daily mask cleaning will help prevent leakage, as a lot of this is caused due to facial oils left behind on the mask cushion. Resmed have recently published…"
Oct 1
Kath Hope replied to John's discussion Getting a precise diagnosis - scans ?
"Sorry for such a long delay to your question John, as we're inundated at the Hope2Sleep Charity (who run this group) at the moment. The reasons are not always given as a lot of sleep clinics are run by respiratory departments, yet with…"
Sep 30
Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi Karen Sorry but pleased as well to hear you've just been diagnosed, because once you're on CPAP you should start to feel so much better and should be protected from the many other conditions untreated sleep apnoea causes or exacerbates…"
Sep 21
Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"You're welcome Mark. I think we currently have about a 10 day waiting list, and as soon as you're at the top you'll be sent a link to complete the required COVID and health questions, and look forward to helping you again soon."
Sep 21
Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi Mark I've had a look at your previous pre-diagnostic from 4 years ago and due to the fact your ODI (oxygen desaturation index) wasn't particularly high (often people work very hard to maintain their oxygen levels during sleep) then the…"
Sep 21
Kath Hope replied to Sophie's discussion ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet For Her - for sale
"You really need to move this into our buy/sell/swap section of the forum (unless you've sold it aready) as it will get lost here in the support forum http://hope2sleepguide.co.uk/group/buy-sell"
Aug 31
Kath Hope replied to Michael Upcraft's discussion Resmed Airsense 10 Auto CPAP - For Sale
"Good to hear the weight loss has helped you. This post really needs to go into our buy/sell/swap group though or it will get lost within the posts for support. Here's a link to re-post it http://hope2sleepguide.co.uk/group/buy-sell"
Aug 31
Kath Hope replied to David Carrick's discussion Sleep disturbance - any suggestions
"Sorry it wasn't anything simple, although still worth checking the mask in case there's an exhale flap sticking if the mask is faulty. Perhaps call the clinic as if they're monitoring your therapy they may be able to see at problem at…"
Aug 19
Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"I agree with Jonathan to keep pestering in desperation rather than being angry at the mistake, although does need pointing out when you call them. I know how you feel as years ago when I got diagnosed with severe sleep apnoea I had to wait months…"
Aug 19
Kath Hope replied to Cheryl Guthrie's discussion Cpap machine and atom pro power pack
"That's normal Cheryl with any battery, including an expensive CPAP one, as very few batteries are powerful enough to run a CPAP machine with a heated humidifier and a heated hose. The Atom is very powerful and will usually allow the use of a…"
Aug 19
Kath Hope replied to David Carrick's discussion Sleep disturbance - any suggestions
"David, you need to check both your mask and hose as this could be a loss of pressure or even co2 retention if it's a new symptom:- HOSE - check carefully that no holes have formed in the tube and also check at both ends of it to make sure…"
Aug 18
Kath Hope replied to Alison's discussion Night shift sleep positioner for sale
"Alison you'd be better putting this in our Buy/Sell/Swap section than here. Here's the link http://hope2sleepguide.co.uk/group/buy-sell"
Jul 30
Kath Hope replied to Christine NICHOLS's discussion Mandibular Mouthguards
"Sorry to hear this as it's quite a worry that you no longer have CPAP with your sleep apnoea being severe Christine, as you'll no doubt know the health risks of living with untreated sleep apnoea…"
Jul 5
Kath Hope replied to Ian's discussion Activated Oxygen
"That's great to hear Ian and we suspect those cheap copies are the issue here or even if people are using the SoClean without following the proper instructions.  We'll see what the FDA say....."
Jun 2
Kath Hope commented on Kath Hope's event 'Hope2Sleep Charity's Free Online Webinar - No 3'
"Looks like I'm attending on my own, except I happen to know there are lots already registered for our webinar lol."
May 27

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Posted on October 16, 2014 at 22:27

CPAP TIPS

The following are my own tips in helping with my own treatment, and are not meant as a substitute for medical advice. However, I hope they prove useful. 



CPAP/APAP/BIPAP TOLERANCE PROBLEMS

A lot of people find it hard to tolerate their equipment at first, so it's a good idea to set it up during the day whilst relaxing, such as watching tv,…

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Posted on October 25, 2011 at 20:00

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At 15:28 on February 12, 2021, Sue Abson said…

Hi Kath - I've made my profile private to friends only, so that Sarah's number shouldn't now be public.  But how do you delete a comment?  I can't see a way of deleting my own? 

At 15:32 on November 2, 2017, YasminVaughan said…
Hi Kath I've being using a cpap machine for over 3 years the res meds one and full mask the last few weeks I have been getting bad headaches and dried sinuses making me feel horrid . I've got pressure on 7 a wooly cover for hose humidifier, I'm running out of ideas I did use a nasal spray at nite but was told to stop this I've joined today many thanks
At 15:22 on August 23, 2014, Bernadette Plunkett said…

Hi Kath, thanks for the welcome. Having just started therapy after a 2 year struggle to get diagnosed I have a bunch of questions but I'll try to see if they've been asked and answered on the forum first before raining them down on everyone. 

At 10:26 on March 12, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Thanks Kath, I'll wait until Marion's able to reply. I don't want to disturb while she's poorly - it can wait for now.  Thanks once again for your help x

At 14:01 on March 10, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Hi Kath, thanks for the comment about Marion and sorry to hear she's not well.  I've added her as a friend and am waiting for her to accept.  I'm not sure where I should copy/paste my comment to her though as it already appears to be there?  I'm not familiar with the forum set-up yet - that's my excuse anyway! x

At 0:12 on March 8, 2014, Sandra Gibbens said…

Thank you for adding me, already I've received so much support and information, and it's very much appreciated!

At 15:51 on March 6, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Thanks Kath!

At 15:12 on March 6, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Interesting ... thanks Kath, I'll take a look.  I've also been using mine for years - 15 in fact and get along with it fine now (after a load of teething problems!).  What I do hate is the weight and bulk of it.  I'm worrying about how me and my husband can get away for a few days in the summer as he's just had his driving licence revoked due to ill-health and I can't drive.  I guess I'll be pleading with Papworth again when I go in a couple of months to test me on other (smaller) machines - usually to no avail!

At 19:57 on February 6, 2014, June Ostiadel said…

Hi Kath, thanks again for the useful info. Firstly I did wonder if it's some natural oils coming out of my skin; I always wash before bed and use no creams. You mentioned the change in temperature during the night, well, my face often gets hot and I wondered if that could cause the mask to slip as well as a drop in temp.

I clean my mask every day, wiping with a little washing up liquid then wipe/rinse with clean wet cloth.

The hospital tried me on APAP but when the pressure rose it caused leaking so they change it for me.

I have a medium size mask (the hospital fitted it) and although I have a small face I have quite a big nose lol.

I visited the sleep clinic last June/July at St James Hospital in Leeds, when I was given the CPAP machine. I haven't been asked to go back yet; they only gave me one spare filter. How long would you expect a mask to last and how often should I change the filter?

NB I have just order some items from your website which may help me too; the cleansing wipes, the cream to help sore skin etc and the card (in case of emergency).

 

Thank you so much for your help, glad I found you

At 6:23 on February 6, 2014, June Ostiadel said…

I almost always get off get off to sleep with no problem at all; my mask appears to fit quite well, however, after maybe two or three hours I wake up; mask leaking usually from around top of nose. Trouble is when I awake I then want the loo, anyway, I have realised that if I wipe my face and mask with a damp cloth (I have this at the side of bed) after I've done faffing, I can sometimes go back to sleep for another hour or so, but, sometimes at this time I just cannot get the mask to fit without it leaking; then I give up.

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John posted a discussion

Do tongue exercises work ?

Hi,I saw a study on the internet in which OSA was alleviated with tongue exercises, and some UK medics recommend exercises - thinking of Mike Dilkes, but I spoke to a local consultant and he said there was no evidence that exercises work. Is there…See More
Oct 6
John replied to John's discussion Getting a precise diagnosis - scans ?
"Thank you for your thoughtful reply Kath. I still think the incisor filing sounds credible because moving my jaw forward a little, makes everything feel better in my throat and face, so it would be interesting to read about some cases. But as you…"
Oct 5
Kath Hope replied to John's discussion Getting a precise diagnosis - scans ?
"Ha, that's typical John, as your GP would have been able to give you a good examination. Regarding the conflicting advice you've been given regarding jaw surgery, that's very difficult. We've come across several people who have…"
Oct 1
Kath Hope replied to Sally Gray's discussion Cleaning products advice please!
"Hi Sally You're right that we do have to keep a good cleaning regime with our CPAP and daily mask cleaning will help prevent leakage, as a lot of this is caused due to facial oils left behind on the mask cushion. Resmed have recently published…"
Oct 1
Sally Gray posted a discussion

Cleaning products advice please!

I’m looking for some cleaning advice but the existing threads here are quite old so I am starting a new one. I realise that I have been appallingly lax with cleaning my ResMed AirSense CPAP which I’ve had for over 3 years. I’ve only been doing it…See More
Oct 1
John replied to John's discussion Getting a precise diagnosis - scans ?
"Thank you for your reply Kath. Well, I sort of lucked out because my GP was an ENT specialist who started getting into my case but he went elsewhere after Covid came so that was that.Year ago my dentist wanted to fiddle with my teeth to allow my jaw…"
Sep 30
Kath Hope replied to John's discussion Getting a precise diagnosis - scans ?
"Sorry for such a long delay to your question John, as we're inundated at the Hope2Sleep Charity (who run this group) at the moment. The reasons are not always given as a lot of sleep clinics are run by respiratory departments, yet with…"
Sep 30
David W replied to Dee Dee's discussion Free Resmed CPAP masks, postage costs only to pay in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Hi Dee Dee.  I'm probably a bit late to this, but would be interested in the Airfit F20 Large if it's still available. Happy to make a donation to charity too.  Thank you. "
Sep 27
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Darthgal replied to Sophie's discussion ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet For Her - for sale in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Hi i haven't heard back from you in a while  - are you still selling your things? i had replied to your email with further questions regarding  postal insurance and packing . Did you receive that? "
Sep 26
Daniel James added a discussion to the group Buy-Sell-Swap
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For Sale: Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset

Resmed Airsense 10 AutosetI have a Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset that is surplus to my requirements. When I was diagnosed with moderate sleep apnoea I received from the NHS a Resmed Escape S9 fixed pressure machine. With use I found my pressure…See More
Sep 24
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John posted a discussion

Getting a precise diagnosis - scans ?

Hi all, so, OK I got a diagnosis of OSA and was given a CPAP machine.Finding out exactly what the problem is has not proven so easy. By exact problem I mean what the structural problem in my throat is - small jaw, blocked nose, big tongue, fat neck…See More
Sep 24
John replied to Dee Dee's discussion Free Resmed CPAP masks, postage costs only to pay in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Aha, hi Dee Dee I'd be interested in that Mirage FX if you still have it... ?"
Sep 23
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Sep 23
Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi Karen Sorry but pleased as well to hear you've just been diagnosed, because once you're on CPAP you should start to feel so much better and should be protected from the many other conditions untreated sleep apnoea causes or exacerbates…"
Sep 21
Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"You're welcome Mark. I think we currently have about a 10 day waiting list, and as soon as you're at the top you'll be sent a link to complete the required COVID and health questions, and look forward to helping you again soon."
Sep 21

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