So, I’ve been using the CPAP machine for a couple weeks now, and I wanted to let you, O loyal reader, know how it was going.
I’m still getting used to the mask(s), and I still have problems (of varying degrees) with dryness, but the change in my energy level and my ability to get things done is quite significant. A few days back over dinner cathijosephine and docorion were commenting on my energy level and my improved (i.e., extant) short-term memory. What strikes me is the little things I’m starting to get done — simple, trivial things like calling to find out how to get a replacement recycling bin, or throwing out some of the unimportant bulk mail out of the stacks that have been piling up on my desk, that never managed to become urgent enough to actually get done before.
Most of you probably don’t realize how impaired I’ve been over the last few years, since my friends and family have always been my highest priority and I’m generally at my most energetic around other people, but I have been, and it’s really, really good to start to feel like myself again.
The difference was made even more apparent on Friday. Thursday night I wore the nose-only mask (which so far seems probably to be the most effective one most of the time), but I got really stuffy in the middle of the night, so at about 5:00am I took it off and slept without it for the rest of the night. (Yes, Don, I know that’s the hour when a civilized person wakes up anyway; just humour me here. :-) And on Friday, while I still felt pretty energetic and alert, I was physically clumsy in the way I’ve been for the last n years — tripping on a curb on my way to the T station, not quite managing a straight line down the corridor at work — and I didn’t have as much of the new crispness of thought that I’ve been delighting in since starting on the CPAP. Fascinating.
(Last night I had no trouble using the CPAP, and today everything is crisp and bright and energetic and I know where the ends of my limbs are again.)
So all in all, I’m really excited and pleased.