Hello all. I am a new member., Venugopal. Lived in the US for long but now in India.
My mother has pulmonary fibrosis ( sarcoidosis 4) and currently on BiPap ( A Resmed Machine, full face mask). I have a few questions that others perhaps can help with:
1. As reported with many elderly patients, tolerance levels are low even after 3 months. She wants to use it One hour at a time for the prescribed total of 6 hours in a day. But the doctor said at least 2 hours at a stretch. The doctor did not provide exact reasons despite query but might have good reason. Can anyone clarify to me the advisability of 1 hour per session, and also ( if correct) why 2 hour minimum is needed? Can help me convince her.
2. Over the years, she has developed the habit of breathing with the mouth open. Although a face mask is being used, does this habit severely reduce the benefits of bi- pap?
3. The user manual states that leak of 2-7 permissible but is a level of 2 advisable?
Thank you ver much.