Good morning and thank you for joining me for #DSFWeeklyRewind on this Sunday.
Winter has finally arrived in the intermountain west! For some time now, I’ve worried Mother Nature has lost her memory. It snows here during winter, not rain. I tell ya though, Mother Nature has brought it. Inches and inches of snow just kept falling from last Sunday to Friday. We had a break in between but sub-zero temperatures had done nothing to melt the snow.
This is the icicle in my backyard.
On Wednesday, the clinic at last called me to pick up my CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine to help with my OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), meaning my throat muscle relaxes when I’m asleep which ultimately causes me to stop breathing in my sleep.
It’s been weird wearing a mask to sleep, especially one that’s continuously blowing air in my face. The first night was the worst. I lie awake for an hour and still couldn’t sleep. The pressure of the mask on my face was just too great. I ended up removing it and stopping the machine. The second night, I piled a second pillow and wore the mask to bed. I felt a little better with my head elevated but after a little over an hour, just as I was falling asleep, I felt like my face was being sucked into a vacuum. I couldn’t take it anymore and ended up stopping the machine again.
I wondered why I kept forgetting to read the user manual. If I had, I think I could’ve saved myself from a few restless nights. It turned out, all I had to do was increase the ramp time or the minutes until the pressure increases. The third night was a lot better even though I did wake up four hours later to a cool breeze blowing in my face and a pumping noise from the machine pumping air into my mask.
I think I just need time to adjust and the nurse did say the first month is the hardest. I just hope after this adjustment, I can finally get some solid sleep instead of waking up 40-50 times a night.
As for gratitude, I am grateful of getting through the week without a single scam. As for the scam from the previous week, the check bounced and I ended up paying 12-dollars to the bank for return check fee. Ugh. I am also grateful for the Food Network. Somehow, watching those shows relaxes me and makes me feel less anxious about being unemployed. I guess there’s comfort in food.