Sunday night (and Monday morning) I kept waking up due to my CPAP mask blowing a stream of cold air on my lip. I thought it was perhaps an inadequate seal between the rubbery “nasal pillows” and my nostrils, but futzed around and eventually got back to sleep.
Monday night as I took my book to bed, I put my mask on, turned on the CPAP…and discovered yes, a steady stream of air blowing on my lip. I tried my usual adjustment tricks, no dice. But in feeling around to see where the air was coming from (and helped by the fact that I was much more awake than previously) I realized it was coming from just below where the rubbery nasal pieces connect.
In fact: There’s a wee crack in the hard plastic of the nose piece.
A wee crack in what the man of the house pointed out was an eminently duct-tapable hard plastic surface….
I slept much better last night. Yay duct tape!
My geek side wants to add that it’s very appropriate to use duct tape on Star Wars Day since it has a light side and a dark side and it binds the universe together. *boom-tish*
Not that I won’t be getting a new mask. But I can shop around online instead of paying OMG prices at the sleep doctor’s office. In other health-related stuff:
- I often go days, nay, a week without my right knee hating me. Once it loosened up from the car ride it had no problems with sloped aisles at the Seattle Rep or at Safeco Field last weekend. (My hips even cleared the box seats!) This is mainly because I have been exercising enough to keep my knee happy …
- But not enough that walking a mile is easy. This makes walking with someone else tiresome, since my pace is usually slower. I’m not sure how much of this is due to …
- My allergies kicking my ass. I’ve doubled up on my “one a day” antihistamines and using my inhaler once or twice a day and still can’t take a deep breath half the time.
So I have an appointment with my ARNP to talk about more asthma-treatment options. I’m a little worried that I’ll just be told to lose weight, but given my previous experience I don’t really expect it. :)
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