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  • Gillette
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    Hi Andy

    I use a Nippy 3 overnight. The mask I use sits beneath the nostrils and doesn’t actually touch the front or sides of the nose. It’s the ResMed AirFit N30i

    The packaging says you can see more at :

    ResMed.com/Support/AirFitN30i

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  • nunhead_man
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    Good afternoon,

    I see this is quite an old thread, but it is the obvious one for which I need to add my query.

    I use a nippy breathing machine, more for sleep apnoea than for my motor neurone disease, but it is useful for that, of course, given the oxygen loss that occurs with sleep apnoea.

    The mask that St Thomas's Hospital (the Lane Fox unit) have provided to me is giving me issues in that it seems to have opened up some sort of growth I have on the left-hand side of the bridge of my nose and marks the bridge of my nose during use - the mark fades during the day to be woken up again, as it were, as I use the mask during the next night.

    Do folk here have a recommendation about a different sort of mask that does not have to rest on the bridge of my nose in order to make a good seal?

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  • Terry
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    I think 1 hr 20 mins is quite good and you could keep trying for an hour and build up a bit of trust.

    Let us know what the nurse says.

    Love Terry

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  • Ellie
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    Yes I know that concern too! My arms & hands are next to useless so I need someone to put on my mask at night and remove it every morning.
    I've no access to my sleeping beauty at night as he sought sanctuary in the spare room a while back!!!

    All I know is the Nippy improves my life

    Good luck Miss Muffett.

    Ellie x.

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    Originally posted by Ellie View Post
    Hi Miss M,

    Try short periods of daytime use as Terry said, to get used to the feeling. Using BiPAP will make your life more comfortable.

    Given you've tried nasal pillows, which have the least facial coverage, and still aren't comfortable wearing any, I wonder about taking a small dose of an anti-anxiety med before bed for a few nights? It's "mind over matter", which I know is easy for me to say Ask your nurse.

    I wear a Total Face Mask at night, which is very comfy but I'm not claustrophobic.

    Ellie x.
    Thanks for advice and my district nurse is sorting out something to help me relax a bit more and hopefully use the nippy machine to improve my breathing.
    The longest I have worn my mask is 1 hour and 20 minutes but that was a while back.My main concern is that my arms and hands are now weakened and I won't in time be able to remove the mask when I want to.

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  • Ellie
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    Hi Miss M,

    Try short periods of daytime use as Terry said, to get used to the feeling. Using BiPAP will make your life more comfortable.

    Given you've tried nasal pillows, which have the least facial coverage, and still aren't comfortable wearing any, I wonder about taking a small dose of an anti-anxiety med before bed for a few nights? It's "mind over matter", which I know is easy for me to say Ask your nurse.

    I wear a Total Face Mask at night, which is very comfy but I'm not claustrophobic.

    Ellie x.

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  • Terry
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    Hi Missmuffett;

    How long have you been trying to use a mask as most people find using one very hard. Maybe try for short periods during the day and try to build the time up for two hours. You can get different masks and (I think) Nasal pillows which don't cover your face.

    You could also just use it when being hoisted or try some drug to make you less panicky but I think trying it for short periods during the day time and/or nasal pillows.

    Love Terry

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    Hiya,I am concerned that I
    I just can't get used to the ventilation masks(yes plural(!) as have nasal ,nose/ mouth ,complete facial one) I just dislike the feeling of suffocation that I get with the straps and face cover in general.
    Been told by my nippy nurse and palliative care nurse not to work myself up about it but I do have trouble breathing when I am put into my sling to be hoisted followed by when I first get into bed! I don't know what to do.......

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    Hi Calum
    I've been on overnight ventilation for nearly two months now and it has improved my life-no more headaches and feeling awful during the day. It's really bad that there's such variation in accessing ventilation. I would be really ill without it.

    Crystal x

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  • Calum
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    For anybody looking for a comfortable non-invasive feeling mask, I've been wearing the FX Bella Gray for the last few weeks and I'm finding it great:

    https://mysleep.resmed.com/GB/en/Sle...a-Gray/p/61569

    Calum
    Last edited by Calum; 13 August 2016, 15:27.

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  • Calum
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    Originally posted by Dvd View Post
    Hi Calum ..very good video and glad ventilation has helped .. MND Northern Ireland launched a campaign a few months back asking MLA's to put their weight behind getting Ventilators for community .. it was called " Every Breath Counts " ..don't know where it is at to date but must make some enquires .. it certainly would be great to have ventilators out on community for those that require them ..
    Dvd

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    Hi Dvd - The ventilation postcode lottery appears to be a uk wide problem, even within Scotland there are wide regional variations. This is all very troubling particularly in light of the most recent research out of Australia showing that ventilation increases average life expectancy by 13 months - see link below:

    http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/20...np-2014-310055

    All the best

    Calum

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  • Terry
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    Another great video Calum;

    Love Terry

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Hi Calum ..very good video and glad ventilation has helped .. MND Northern Ireland launched a campaign a few months back asking MLA's to put their weight behind getting Ventilators for community .. it was called " Every Breath Counts " ..don't know where it is at to date but must make some enquires .. it certainly would be great to have ventilators out on community for those that require them ..
    Dvd

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  • Barry52
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    Great video Calum and well done without your ventilator. It must have been very difficult to breathe and speak but you seemed to have it under control. NHS in the UK should not even challenge our right to this equipment.

    Barry

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  • Calum
    started a topic Living with a Ventilator

    Living with a Ventilator

    Just posted up this video on living with a ventilator - without using my ventilator !!

    https://youtu.be/V4lBzdNL-Rk
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