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CPAP mask in place, machine Darth-Vadering on the nightstand, I slept through the night. I woke this morning at my normal time with the mask still in place. Pretty much every morning since I got the new mask, I wake at my normal time with the mask on the floor and rarely do I have any memory of when or why I took it off. 

I don't feel miraculously better. I'm still sorta tired, but it's more of an even tired. I'm not getting the extreme, almost painful lows in the afternoon. That of itself is a blessing.
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CPAP mask in place, machine Darth-Vadering on the nightstand, I slept through the night. I woke this morning at my normal time with the mask still in place. Pretty much every morning since I got the new mask, I wake at my normal time with the mask on the floor and rarely do I have any memory of when or why I took it off. 

I don't feel miraculously better. I'm still sorta tired, but it's more of an even tired. I'm not getting the extreme, almost painful lows in the afternoon. That of itself is a blessing.
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 Had a follow-up with the pulmonologist yesterday. I explained my issues, and he nodded understanding to each. The final word was that "CPAP, when it works, is the best solution, but it may not be for you. If you decide not to use it, the next step is call your dentist."

I tend to respect the authority of someone who is an expert in a field in which I'm not, so I took that statement as a permission or a sort to abandon the CPAP. Since Apria is right down the street from his office, I went there next, machine in hand, to give it back to them.

This is where Hayden Christiansen steps in as Anakin, inexplicably aging twelve years while Padme stays the same age... )
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 Had a follow-up with the pulmonologist yesterday. I explained my issues, and he nodded understanding to each. The final word was that "CPAP, when it works, is the best solution, but it may not be for you. If you decide not to use it, the next step is call your dentist."

I tend to respect the authority of someone who is an expert in a field in which I'm not, so I took that statement as a permission or a sort to abandon the CPAP. Since Apria is right down the street from his office, I went there next, machine in hand, to give it back to them.

This is where Hayden Christiansen steps in as Anakin, inexplicably aging twelve years while Padme stays the same age... )
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Christmas came early for Michelle (a new, commercial grade, KitchenAid® mixer), and tonight, early for me in the form of a Breville Café Roma espresso machine. I've pulled three double-shots from it, and while tasty I'm still searching for the perfect shot.

Keep at a safe distance while operating. Do not use near face. )
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Christmas came early for Michelle (a new, commercial grade, KitchenAid® mixer), and tonight, early for me in the form of a Breville Café Roma espresso machine. I've pulled three double-shots from it, and while tasty I'm still searching for the perfect shot.

Keep at a safe distance while operating. Do not use near face. )
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It's getting better, it really is. I left the mask on until 6:00 this morning, when I took it off in the mechanical equivalent of the "snooze" button. I was afraid going into this that the mask and hose would make me feel claustrophobic, that in my sleep I would rip them off and away, but such hasn't been the case. I accommodate them, without much thought.

I'm a side sleeper, always have been. I find that when I roll to my side the straps securing the mask to my face loosen and the mask pushes away just enough to annoy. Simple to adjust and deal with it though. I'm working on changing my sleeping habits, to sleep on my back. That's tough.

I had been running the air hose behind the lamp to help control it, keep it above my head. What I didn't think of was that behind the lamp is a very cold exterior wall. I shifted the hose to the front and turned the humidity down. Condensation problem solved.

I feel somewhat better today. Not good enough to proclaim victory, or that even the device has anything to do with it, but, as always, I am hopeful. The real challenge remains having my mouth fall open. I awoke feeling like I'd been chewing fibreglass in my sleep.
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It's getting better, it really is. I left the mask on until 6:00 this morning, when I took it off in the mechanical equivalent of the "snooze" button. I was afraid going into this that the mask and hose would make me feel claustrophobic, that in my sleep I would rip them off and away, but such hasn't been the case. I accommodate them, without much thought.

I'm a side sleeper, always have been. I find that when I roll to my side the straps securing the mask to my face loosen and the mask pushes away just enough to annoy. Simple to adjust and deal with it though. I'm working on changing my sleeping habits, to sleep on my back. That's tough.

I had been running the air hose behind the lamp to help control it, keep it above my head. What I didn't think of was that behind the lamp is a very cold exterior wall. I shifted the hose to the front and turned the humidity down. Condensation problem solved.

I feel somewhat better today. Not good enough to proclaim victory, or that even the device has anything to do with it, but, as always, I am hopeful. The real challenge remains having my mouth fall open. I awoke feeling like I'd been chewing fibreglass in my sleep.
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But first: Day 1.

There was no miraculous cure, no glorious night of restful sleep, but there is hope. The amount of condensation in the tubing was disconcerting though, especially when it built up enough to be noticeable as a cold, trickling sensation by my left ear. I think I had the humidifier turned up too high, but when I turned it down there was already condensation in the tubing so it was too late.

I removed the mask and shut off the unit about 2:00a.m1.

Now, Day 2.

Another rough start. To avoid the condensation, I turned the humidifier off. I woke up with a very painful burning in my sinuses and nasal cavities - I don't remember what time. I do remember waking up this morning without the mask.

I guess I should clarify this whole mask thing. What I wear isn't really a mask per sé: it's more like a scuba regular that fits under my nose, leaving my mouth uncovered. I was warned that my nose and sinuses would get sore since those structures are getting all of the incoming pressure, but I haven't found that to be the case. What is annoying is the scritchiness of it against any tiny bits of stubble my razor missed, and there are plenty of those.

I thought I would mind the hose or the straps over the head and face. I don't.

I will probably switch to a mask that covers my mouth as well, just so I can stop worrying about my mouth dropping open and my cheeks flapping like a basset hound with his head out a car window.


1 All times are approximate. I was asleep after all.
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But first: Day 1.

There was no miraculous cure, no glorious night of restful sleep, but there is hope. The amount of condensation in the tubing was disconcerting though, especially when it built up enough to be noticeable as a cold, trickling sensation by my left ear. I think I had the humidifier turned up too high, but when I turned it down there was already condensation in the tubing so it was too late.

I removed the mask and shut off the unit about 2:00a.m1.

Now, Day 2.

Another rough start. To avoid the condensation, I turned the humidifier off. I woke up with a very painful burning in my sinuses and nasal cavities - I don't remember what time. I do remember waking up this morning without the mask.

I guess I should clarify this whole mask thing. What I wear isn't really a mask per sé: it's more like a scuba regular that fits under my nose, leaving my mouth uncovered. I was warned that my nose and sinuses would get sore since those structures are getting all of the incoming pressure, but I haven't found that to be the case. What is annoying is the scritchiness of it against any tiny bits of stubble my razor missed, and there are plenty of those.

I thought I would mind the hose or the straps over the head and face. I don't.

I will probably switch to a mask that covers my mouth as well, just so I can stop worrying about my mouth dropping open and my cheeks flapping like a basset hound with his head out a car window.


1 All times are approximate. I was asleep after all.

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