#DSFWeeklyRewind: The Arrival of Winter

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.


10 thoughts on “#DSFWeeklyRewind: The Arrival of Winter

  1. Hope you get used to the machine sooner rather than later and get some good sleep! And I’m glad to hear you got snow. It was 77 degrees in Philadelphia last week… in February! I think Mother Nature is extremely confused.

    Good things to be grateful for. Hope your upcoming week is great!

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  2. I couldn’t use the mask at. I now have machine that removes oxygen from the air and
    It’s into my nostrils. I have been using it for over ten years. This weekend weather has been strange periods of rain or snow, melting at other times. We have a little over 11/2 inches on the ground. Icicles indicates thatch has some melt and you butter might need cleaning.

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    • I should’ve told them I breathe through my nose but I didn’t know it until now. I think the nose mask would had a little more comfortable.
      Oh, I think we have more than 1.5 inches of snow on the ground right now. It snowed again last night.


      • Before I started with the oxygen, Kato, our would jump on the middle of my lap during the night. It didn’t realize why u til lat34. Once I was using the oxygen he didn’t do it again. Somehow he realized I was breathing and he didn’t like it. He woke me up. He probably saved my life

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  3. Sorry to hear the sleep apnea machine takes so long to get used to. Maybe if you can even wear it Part of the night at first, that’s betterabd you can work up to a full night? Hope you have a good week and get some quality sleep despite.

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