Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm All Hooked Up Now

I picked up the BIPAP stuff and tried it for the first time last Thursday night.  Here are a couple of views of the machine.

As you can tell from the sticker, there is a tub that I fill with distilled water.  The water keeps some humidity in the air that gets blown into my nose so that the nose tissues and airways don't become all dried out and sore.  One end of the hose hooks on to the tub cover. The other end of the hose hooks on to the mask.

Doesn't that look like fun?  I kept wondering how in the world I would ever be able to sleep with that thing on my face and pressurized air shoving into my nose.  Well, I found out how.  Very nicely.  Best night of sleep I've had in a very long time.  I couldn't believe it.  The morning after the first night of using the machine, I woke up alert.  I wasn't yawning.  I wasn't foggy brained.  I didn't feel like I needed to sleep another 6 hours.  It was amazing.  I'm calling it a miracle.

When I told my Dad what I would have to do and showed him what I would have to deal with, he said, "You can get used to anything."  As always, he was right.  I can get used to sleeping and waking up like normal people.  It's a wonderful feeling.


  1. I'm happy for you, Debby. You can also buy a special pillow to use with the CPAB, it has dents where the hose goes and keep it all from pushing up on you...Tony has one and really likes it. I am glad that you are getting the needed help to make you feel better. Keep up the good work!

  2. I told you so! You're envy of the 50+ group. And, strangely enough, you're going to keep feeling better! A "life done me good story" is I ever heard one.:-)