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So last night was my first night with my face-hugger. (The icon is chosen quite deliberately; not only did I go with the mask that only covers my nose, the straps are remarkably similar in color.)

How did it go? I couldn't tell you; I was asleep at the time. But [personal profile] gridlore says this was the first night in YEARS that I didn't. snore. (I can tell you that my back is SERIOUSLY not happy with me this morning - I wasn't as completely immobilized as I had feared, and reaching up to take the air hose with me as I'm rolling over seems to have become instinctive pretty quickly, but Doug tells me I moved around a lot less than I normally do.)

We shall see how it goes from here.

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bkwrrm_tx
May. 11th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
You will be sore from not moving for a while, because you're not constantly flip-flopping around, trying to get to a place you can sleep and breathe at the same time. It will get better, though. :-)
browngirl
May. 11th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
I hope it turns out to be just the ticket!
dandelion_diva
May. 11th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad the first night went well. :)
kevin_standlee
May. 11th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Hang in there! Lisa told me the same thing (at last I didn't snore and she could sleep) when I started using a CPAP. She so much wishes I'd had it while we were at the Toronto Worldcon, where I was so loud she slept in the closet one night to get away from the roar. Also, I am vastly better rested and I lost weight (20% of my peak weight), albeit not as much as I'd hoped, and I've gained 10% back.

I don't recall every getting tangled up in the hose except a couple of times in the process of waking up or one particular case that was an emergency. (A windstorm in Mehama in the process of tearing the shelter over the trailer off and Lisa screaming for help; I think we can eliminate that as a severe outlier.)
notalwaysweak
May. 11th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
I hope it works out better for you than it did for me; I never got the hang of it, I'm afraid.
johno
May. 11th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Chris never got the hang of hers, but I love mine.

My mask broke last week, so I took her full nose & mouth mask. Very comfortable and I seem to be sleeping even better.
kshandra
May. 11th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
I asked them to bring all three masks for me to try out; the "elephant" mask wound up feeling the most comfortable to me.
hitchhiker
May. 12th, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
awesome! hope it works out as well as it sounds like it will.
fimbrethil
May. 12th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
There are lots of accessories to go with the mask that could make life easier. A hose lift (http://www.cpapsupplyusa.com/0403-Arden-Innovations-CPAP-Hose-Lift-by-Hi-Tech-Medical.aspx) could help keep you from being tangled and a Cpap pillow (http://www.cpapsupplyusa.com/14-101R-1-730-Contour-Products-Contour-Multi-Mask-Sleep-Aid-CPAP-Pillow.aspx) might make you more comfortable and allow you to sleep in other positions. Howard uses the pillow and it helps.
kshandra
May. 12th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
I had no idea such things existed. Thanks!
_duncan
Aug. 1st, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
The guy I shared a room with on a chorus contest trip a few months ago introduced me to the concept. He said his wife had issues with the noise of the machine but it made less noise than the room's fridge and he slept nearly silently. Yay for finding them.
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