- May 7, 2020
Sounds like a distressing experience, especially the last part when the seal held. I hope you're not too shaken by it, and that you'll take some time to relax and recover. You have plenty of well wishers here.I attempted with the ReBreather. There are flaws in the design, and it was not peaceful. I'm glad to answer any questions here on the thread, no PMs.
I tried all three masks, from largest to smallest.
Each time, I breathed deeply, and the lung in the bag expanded and contracted.
My hands started to tingle a bit.
Then I felt my face shift at the chin, and the lung did not contract or expand as much. So the seal was compromised. I considered getting some denture gel.
With the last mask, the smallest, I draped one forearm over the part where the tubes join and connect to the mask. This maintained the seal. However, if I had gone into convulsions, the seal would have been broken.
At this point, I'd had it on for about 7-8 minutes.
Once the seal was really held and I was continuing to breathe deeply, it was indeed like being in a bag. It was starting to get intense, and my lungs were expanding to try to draw in more oxygen. One leg kept twitching like an anxiety response. I tried to follow through, but I only lasted about a minute.
Overall, each attempt was around 10 minutes, the last one was when I got the seal to hold. The soda lime is still white.
Difficulty maintaining a seal is definitely a design flaw. But for the brief time you were able to maintain the seal and the device performed as intended, it sounds like you were fighting for breath? That suggests that the method is fundamentally flawed. Would you agree? And would you attempt it again if the design were improved?