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Life without CPAP Headgear

Has been wonderful, I don't know why I waited so long.

Anyways, as I had alluded to in my previous post I've had it with CPAP headgear, I had ordered the CPAP Pro....wishing I had gone with 2 now.

The mask arrived on March 15th, but then sat around waiting for a good moment where I could do the boil and bite fitting.  Some stretch of time where I would feel up to be vertical for a sufficient stretch and have flossed and brushed my teeth.  A side effect of using such a mask, is making sure that I've flossed before going to bed now (something I've been known to put off until morning when I'm too sleepy or rushed.)

During this time, I had switched to using a different backup mask....my EasyLife Nasal mask....a weird mask that creates suction to stick to my face while delivering pressure, though the headgear soon started in aggravate my problems and I was starting to develop a sore on the bridge of my nose.  The night before finally starting the CPAP Pro, I end up going back to the Bravo II for one last night.

Meanwhile, later on March 15th, I finally got around to ordering the TAP PAP, which I had somehow hoped would be the better mask given the direction of tubing....but I'm getting ahead of myself here.  I ordered it from CPAP.com, and had them ship it to my personal mailbox at the UPS Store to avoid any chance of a repeat of the problems I had with USPS on my previous order.  Though it came in a box that probably would've fit in a parcel locker this time.  (though I've been left delivery notices for boxes that would've fit, lately...so it might've been at risk.)  The order arrived on March 22nd, another shipment had arrived earlier that week....so it was going to make a challenging grocery/UPS store trip on March 23rd.  And, it was.

Especially with the one last hit of winter that weekend.... I only did a quick pick up of a few items, like bananas, donuts and oatmeal....breakfast, intended to make normal grocery run on Sunday, but the weather didn't permit it.  So, another week of delivery.  Just as well, standing and moving about is getting to be a real challenge these days.  And, it was still a tight cram to get the items into my duffel bag, and balance the cpap.com box on top as I walked home.  But, glad I had still done the quick grocery store trip in hindsight.

But, before that journey...I had finally gotten around to doing the boil and bite of the CPAP Pro on March 20th.  The mask only comes with one size pillows, where standard size fits 99% of users.  Except I'm almost always the outlyer, rarely ever been in the 99% of any other mask that I've tried...and evidently that's the case with CPAP Pro.  While testing the fit of the pillows waiting for the water to boil, I found that the standard pillows barely made contact with the edges of my nares...suggesting that it was going to be a problem once I laid down and more so as the night progressed.  At it was very exact on alignment to make the seal, which would add to the challenge in bed.  Well, it took a couple of tries to do the boil and bite...the first time I had bit down too soon, second time I still didn't get as close as possible to the front, but thought that it would do.  I had let the bite piece fully harden before remembering that I should trim....which now fully hardened wasn't possible to do.  Decided that the excess wasn't bothering me, that it could stay.  I also didn't get the back all the way down, so I thought that might cause problems....seems the main one is that it doesn't hold onto my teeth as well as it could.

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