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The mask I had been using with my CPAP machine was getting harder and harder to seal at night- more and more often, I'd wake up with air blasting out of the mask into my eyes. The sleep folks ordered me a new mask, and I've been using it since Thursday.

It's the FlexiFit 432 Full Face Mask!

It's bigger than the old one, more comfortable in some ways because it has much more cushioning (although it still hurts my nose at first!) and fits much more snugly. It should- putting the damn thing on is like a gateway to bondage.

The instructions were fairly simple to follow, I suppose. There were also some written instructions, with odd gaps here and there where it was like words had been left out, usually numbers. Following the instructions, I managed to get the mask on. It was then I learned that the instructions didn't say anything about how to get the damn thing off! Turns out there's a small strap that is supposed to disengage the strap latch when it's pulled, only it doesn't work very well. This makes it really difficult to go to the bathroom at night, because unlike the old mask, this mask does not have the quick disconnect attachment for the air hose, so the entire mask has to be removed when I get out of bed.

Considering I get out of bed three or more times per night to go to the bathroom or to let the cat in or out, this is going to be a nuisance.

I really can't do anything about the kitty except try to ignore him. As for my excessive nocturnal urination (of which my doctor is aware and we're trying to treat) the best plan I could come up with was to get a portable urinal to keep by my bed, so I don't have to undo my many straps at night.

I feel really, really old.

Ugh

Oct. 2nd, 2012 06:51 am
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So, this is what it feels like in the morning when the sleep mask doesn't fit right during the night!

And now I realize just how much of a difference it's already been making for me.
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Lander is especially odiferous tonight. Turns out, the sewage ponds are expelling an extrordinary amount of gas because of a combination of the temperature dropping and the drought.

It's pretty gross.


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Andy keeps calling me Bane. I keep telling him to shut up.

Ok, I'm working on a column and it needs the finishing touches on the first draft before I put it away for the night. Tomorrow will be a busy day!
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Did my at-home sleep study last night. That was a nightmare, let me tell you.

The monitor was about the size of a phone receiver, and it stuck to my forehead with sensor pads; there were hoses that come down from it into my nostrils, and the whole thing was held on by straps around my head that were very tight at their largest setting. (They included a tape measure to measure my head for the best fit; mine was setting ten, for >24" I also had to measure my neck for some reason; it's still 22". My head is a thumb, it seems.)

If I bumped it in the night, a little voice woul say, "Sensors misaligned; reposition Unicoder device on forehead" or something like that.

It suppoesdly needed 6 hours of sleep to work right. I hope that doesn't have to be uninnterrupted sleep, because that hasn't happened in years. I got up once to pee, again to pee, again to turn off the swamp cooler, again to let out the cat, again to let in the cat, again to turn on the swamp cooler, again to let out the cat, again to pee and once more to let out the cat, I think.

Sleeping on my side made the straps dig into my head and knocked it loose, giving me a lovely message. Sleeping on my back has not been a position of choice since I was five; I ca't even do it any more.

I've never been so glad to get up in the morning as i was today.

Apparently, the sleep sensor records snoring. They do warn to turnoff all TVs and radios and room fans in the area while using it. I wonder how clearly it picks up sounds. Because, there may end up being a large amount of peeing and meowing being on that recording.

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