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Traveling with CPAP
#1
Decided to put this here in OT since it is more humor than anything else.

We drove from North Carolina to New Jersey on Sunday. We decided to do it in one go. It's about 700 miles so we arrived tired and cranky. Long story, but I stayed by myself at the hotel last night.

I set up the CPAP but opted to not do the humidifier because I was just too tired to mess with it. Finally collapsed, couldn't sleep, put some music on and finally dozed off.

Woke up an hour later with my nose burning. Stumbled about to put the humidifier together. But the tank wouldn't fit anywhere near the water faucet. Heck, we can barely wash our hands! Big sink but the faucet is weird. I have a new tank and it has a baffle under the lid and I'd not taken it apart yet. So I wasn't keen on doing that in my exhausted state. So I take one of the plastic cups they had set out and I use it to pour water in. Hook everything up, lay down, put on mask, turn on machine and...

I had water either on the baffle on somewhere where it wasn't supposed to be. And it made an awful racket, like a sick duck. Got up, wiped off the top of the tank, take off the lid and wipe the baffle. And try again. Ah, quiet. I fall asleep.

Only to wake up about 2hrs later to rainout. I had forgotten how *&^%$ loud it can be. I sat up and tipped the hose toward the machine and lay back down. Nope. This time, I get up, yank the hose off the machine, twirl it around over my head (water goes everywhere), and put it back together. I turn down the AC and turn down the humidifier. And FINALLY get to sleep.

But, get this. My AHI after such a rough night? 0.7. Seriously? Seriously.

The good news is there's an outlet right by the head of the bed so I didn't need the extension cord. But now added to my list of stuff to go into the CPAP bag? A small funnel.
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#2
Moral of the story: If you want a low AHI, drive 700 miles to a distant state, check into a hotel, and don't use a humidifier for the first hour of sleep, wake up and spill tap water (not distilled) all over your humidifier, make sure the hose is positioned so that 2 hours later you get rainout, then tip the hose toward the machine, and attempt to go back to sleep, then yank the hose off the machine, twirl it around over your head and spilling water all over, then turn down the AC and go back to sleep.

Yep, I gotta try this method - nothing much else has worked to get my AHI below 1.0. I think you've stumbled upon something here, Paula! BigwinkGrin
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#3
A small funnel is good idea
I,m baffled, what is the baffle

Edit: Its the lid seal Well-done
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(06-17-2013, 08:46 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: This time, I get up, yank the hose off the machine, twirl it around over my head (water goes everywhere), and put it back together.

Did you recite an incantation? Big Grin
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#5
Your story made me smile.

Such a low AHI is awesome but how did you feel the next morning? I would have been tired and grouchy. I feel better when I don't wake up multiple times a night.
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(06-18-2013, 09:17 AM)Paptillian Wrote:
(06-17-2013, 08:46 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: This time, I get up, yank the hose off the machine, twirl it around over my head (water goes everywhere), and put it back together.

Did you recite an incantation? Big Grin

More importantly, so others can replicate your success, did you twirl the hose in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction? Presumably you would want to reverse the direction of twirl if you are south of the Equator. Laugh-a-lot
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(06-18-2013, 10:12 AM)RonWessels Wrote: More importantly, so others can replicate your success, did you twirl the hose in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction? Presumably you would want to reverse the direction of twirl if you are south of the Equator. Laugh-a-lot

Yes, we must by all means consider the Coriolis effect here... that could have something to do with low AHI levels... Whistle

[Image: Corioliskraftanimation.gif]

... or perhaps I'm using circular logic here?... Thinking-about
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#8
Slept 10hrs last night. AHI is 2.8. Sigh. But I was also heavily medicated to help with pain.

According to the data, I turned off the machine 7 times during that first night. Anywhere from 2 minutes to half an hour.

I have no idea what direction I twirled the hose. It was most likely with my right arm so probably clockwise.

My incantation is not repeatable here. Let's just say it was colorful and metaphoric.
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#9
Thanks, Paula, I needed a good laugh first thing this morning!!!Whistle

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#10
Ditto to what PollCat said!
Glad you finally got some sleep.

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