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[-] MikeJ +0 points · almost 3 years ago

I find Anna's comments as well as those of others so interesting because if makes me remember things I have forgotten. Lots of things people starting out might want to know. I have been using a CPAP for 10 years now. When I first started, those straps were always getting tangled and had trouble figuring out how to get the mask on correctly. Now when I get up in the middle of the night, I don't even turn on the light any more. Even if one of the plastic balls has pulled out of the slot in the mask, I just reorient the straps and re-attach the ball in the dark and put the mask back on. Have put that mask on so many times it is now very easy. Also, my husband doesn't like the noise. For me, it just sounds like a white noise machine so I don't find it a problem. He is more sensitive to noise so he wears the disposable ear plugs I do feel a bit guilty about it, but he has never complained, so after 10 years, it is probably pretty routine for him.

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[-] Kyle +0 points · almost 3 years ago

Ruby, I think you bring up a great possible feature. We have just started discussions on hosting webinars and Q&A sessions. Would you all find this valuable?

We're also starting to build some informational components to the site to help people through all the steps of being diagnosed and treated with sleep apnea. Maybe we could include some tips contributed by the community!

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[-] Ruby +0 points · almost 3 years ago

Anything that people can have access to when this is all new would be very valuable. I have been a support leader for several years. You may not get many calls but when you do, the person is desperate for help. I think having an area just on coping would be great, with information and clips from discussions like this one. Sometimes people don't want to open a discussion post on things like we have been talking about because they feel they are the only ones or that their problem isn't interesting to anyone else. Coping covers a lot of ground.

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[-] Kyle +0 points · almost 3 years ago

From this conversation, I think you're right that coping is an important topic, especially for new users. If anybody has any tips that they wish they knew before starting with CPAP/BiPAP, or APAP, we would love to hear them!

I've also started a new pinned topic to discuss tips, so that it's easily available for new members!

https://myapnea.org/forum/contribute-community-tips-for-using-pap-devices

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