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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


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.
May. 8th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
Gah! No nasal impant CPAP! Bad!

-The Gneech
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.

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