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Wow, my LJ friends list suddenly turned into the anti-Hillary zone. Considering how my friends list tends to skew to the left, I think I detect a waveform collapsing.

Anyway! That's not what I'm posting about. I am, in point of fact, talking about your friend and mine, the sexy, sexy CPAP machine. Those who would rather not delve into this fascinating topic, might want to scroll on by.

I didn't want to mention it last week, 'cause there was already enough crud going on and I sounded like a whinyboy as it was, but sometime in late April the mask on my CPAP machine broke, leading to ~18 days of sleeping the old-fashioned way ("zzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz*SNORK*zzzzz*roll over*zzzZZZZZZ"). Among other things, this showed me just how much effect it was really having — within a matter of days I was back to noisy dreams and constantly feeling run down.

So yesterday, I went back over to Apria and picked up a new one. In some ways, I was glad to replace the old one anyway because I'd for some time been coming to the conclusion that I had the wrong size. At the sleep study, I was fitted for a medium, but the tech at Apria in January was of the opinion that everybody, right down to little Cindy Lou Who, was just the right size for a large. Large for me, large for the enormous burly guy with the beard you could sink a ship in, large for the little wiry dude with the little wiry glasses. So I had come away with a large. And while it worked, it had a tendency to leak air out the sides and at every corner because it didn't moosh properly against my face. In order to minimize this, I had the straps pulled so tight that they constricted blood flow to my lips and left me with indents on my face in the morning — which may have been why the thing broke.

So last night was the first night with the new, proper-sized mask, and the machine back on duty — and sure enough, I went right back to the silent and (mostly) dreamless, which I'm sure was even more of a relief to laurie_robey than it was to me. Strangely enough, I woke up in some ways even more tired than I had been the days before, but only on the surface, if you see what I mean. Instead of the aching bone-weariness that the previous week's fitful slumber had left me, this morning I felt like I was simply awake too soon and would be fine if I could just go back and get another 3-4 hours of sleep.

Which I couldn't, of course, but it's a start.

So hopefully a few more nights of sleep like that, and I'll be back on the bounce. :) At least now I just feel sleepy, instead of like the shambling dead.

-The Gneech

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frustratedpilot
May. 8th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
My aunt forwarded to me the other day a message claiming that Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ and urging all Christians to rise up and defeat him so Jesus can return.

I suspect Obama will go down in history as the first Presidential candidate to be LYNCHED.
the_gneech
May. 8th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Le sigh!

-TG
hantamouse
May. 8th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Mut gets these emails almost monthly for more than a year.
laurie_robey
May. 8th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
I've been getting them from my mom for the past few weeks. If Obama makes it in, I'll never hear the end of it. (Although, to be fair, the e-mails don't say he's the antichrist. They just cite things he's written [mostly out of context] and things he's actually done that have been spun until they're no longer recognizable.)
tegeran
May. 8th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
There's a reason for that. Hillary has been proving herself to be anything but "left" for over a year now. It's just taken this long for people to realize it.
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frustratedpilot
May. 8th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Here, take this!
galadrion
May. 8th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
I reside...
On the border between capitalist and libertarian, a little over halfway out to anarchist. Which is fairly accurate, though I believe I actually fall a little farther out that direction - some of the questions harbor a slight bias towards "mainstream American" views, which distorts the map somewhat.

This is why I tend to anger, with amazingly few words, a very large portion of the people I ever consent to speak with about politics. Were my ideal society to coalesce within this country, many of them wouldn't be able to do as well as they do in this one... and on some level, usually subconscious, they realize this. And resent it.
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the_gneech
May. 8th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
It's just a general trend ... most of the people on my friends list who talk politics, skew left -- a few into the "raving left wing nutjobs" category, but in those cases I just smile and nod and agree to differ, because at least they're raving about peace, love, and government handouts.

There are also a few on my list who skew right, and of those most are fairly moderate and/or libertarian in focus. If there are any "raving right wing nutjobs" on my friends list, they don't talk politics there.

As for you personally, I haven't noticed enough of your politics to have a guess.

-The Gneech
grizzly47
May. 8th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
I haven't made up my mind on who to vote for in November; at present I don't thing any of them is all that great.


galadrion
May. 8th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
'Tis a pity that L. Neil Smith isn't campaigning. Given the mood of the nation, he might well scare some of the big-party talking heads into straightening up.
the_gneech
May. 8th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Much as I love anarcho-capitalism, L. Neil Smith would be laughed off the stage at any rep or dem convention. Lefties would shriek and spew nonsense about his views on guns. Righties would shriek and spew nonsense about his views on religion. And most moderates just plain don't want to go "back to the frontier lifestyle".

For preaching to the choir, tho, he's just the man for the job. ;)

-The Gneech
walkertxkitty
May. 8th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
The CPAP is sacred. Thou shalt not deprive the snoring ones of their CPAP.

I know what you mean about the masks. I had a medium. It leaked. Everywhere. I finally convinced them to put a small on. No more leaks. Now, however, they're obsessed with the kind that go directly up the nose. Brilliant, except you can't sleep on your side in them and that's how I sleep...that and I really don't like shoving things up my nose.

So I'm back to the old one, which they don't even make any more. I love my gel mask.
the_gneech
May. 8th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
Gah! No nasal impant CPAP! Bad!

-The Gneech
fferret
May. 9th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
I think he's referring to the Adams rig, which my wife uses. A velcro strap rig holds the hose in place, and a plastic piece holds two nasal cushions in place. They also come sized small/medium/large, but you don't feel as encumbered. How's laurie_robey dealing with the white noise? _That_ took some getting used to! Here's a photo of it: And as for politics, Hillary's tactics have just turned me off. All she's doing a this point is previewing McCain's campaign for him, if Barack wins the nomination.
c_eagle
May. 8th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
Wow!... maybe pick up a spare mask so ya have one handy ahead of time ...? :9
the_gneech
May. 8th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
*ponders this*

-TG
hossblacksilver
May. 9th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
I don't oft speak on politics, but unless something major changes between here and November, I'm planning on writing in.

Or to paraphrase the quote used in MythBusters, I reject your politics and substitute my own.
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