A Newbe's adventure.
This is an interesting new life I have stared. Just yesterday I had been thinking about how pleased I was with how I was adjusting to sleeping with my new machine. I was getting just over seven hours of use at night and actually sleeping a little longer each night (and got at least 5.5 hours last night). And while mornings and the alarm clock are still nowhere close to being my friends, I had actually made it through a day at work without yawning my way through it.
Then we had some major thunderstorms here last night. I kept waking up to the rain and probably thunder that I don't remember rather than to mask leaks. After assuring myself that the mask was still working I would go right back to sleep. Until I rolled over one too many times. I felt the hose trapped under my arm pulling over my brand new AutoSet and I couldn't do anything to stop it. Fully awake in a second I had the lights on, my machine turned right side up again and the water chamber removed from the unit as I search for something to mop up the water from the unit. After drying everything I could think of, putting it back on the nightstand I put my mask back on and tried to start breathing through it. Nothing happened so I tried the start button. The display showed the pressure going up but I couldn't feel anything when I tried to breathe. Slightly panicked I took the mask back off so that I could feel The air blowing on my hand. No nothing there.
Really panicked now, because after only four nights I already realize I don't ever want to be without my new best friend. Taking a deep calming breathe I methodically took the machine apart, checking for signs of water, re-wiping the humidifier chamber and the passage into it from the AutoSet, unconnecting the hose and then reconnecting it, taking off the mask cushion and reinserting it. Then I changed the settings from autostart to manual start. Finally placing the mask back on, I pushed the on button. The sweet little machine turned itself back on, the little pressure line climbed up to my start pressure and I prepared to breathe.... Nothing.
Once again I took everything apart. Dried everything I could reach and started putting it together again. Then a little lightbulb flashed in my poor sleep deprived brain. Unhooking the humidifier unit turned the AutoSet on again and felt the blessed feeling of rushing air coming out the opening that attaches to the humidifier. Taking heart I looked again at the second part of my machine. Taking the hose off the humidifier I hooked it up straight to the AutoSet. Nothing. ....
Looking at everything so intently while trying to figure out why I am not feeling the air I know is blowing through the hose it finally dawns on me. The problem is in the hose, not my new machines. "Thank you Lord," I think. Hoses are easier to replace than the autoSet would be. Turning it off I remove the hose start walking to my bathroom with that end in my hand. Suddenly it's raining on my toes. ¿What!!?
Ah-hah you say, she should have known there was water in her hose. But
remember, it is only my fifth night hooked up to this strange contraption. And it isn't even close to morning yet. But the light The light is beginning to pierce through the fog in my brain. Of course... I'm standing up with my face much higher than the unit. Water goes down. .... Yes...yes, that's it. Water goes down, air goes up... Wait, air doesn't go up past water... That's when I pull the hose up closer to take another look at it. And feel another little rainshower around my ankles. Excited now, I grab both ends of the hose a take them to be drained in the sink. Nothing left there, but I give them a few good shakes. Then, reattaching it to the humidifier, I put the machine together one last time. Moving it back to the nightstand and putting the hose on the floor I turn it back on. Hallelujah! Air (and water droplets) come rushing out the other end. The display screen proclaims that I have a "Large Leak. Please adjust mask." And I'm a happy camper. Once I no longer feel any rain coming out the hose I put my mask back on, reset my settings to autostart, reattached the hose, turned off the light and climbed back into bed. Didn't fall asleep again, but did end up with seven plus hours of use and an AHI of .5.
Tonight is a new night. I've got a few ideas about securing my friend down so that I don't have another night like the last one. I've heard about putting the unit in a drawer next to the bed. With a little rearranging that might work.
Wish me luck. I'm off to brave the new night's trial. At least there are no storms forecasted for this area tonight.