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milestone Dec. 28th, 2005 @ 12:57 pm
I crossed the 5000-hour mark on Christmas night, which was my 692nd night with the machine (using it on almost all of those, at least for part of the night). The rough average of hours of CPAP use per night during that time, the first 20 months of usage:

7.23 !

How about that.

Still haven't decided on the mask part replacement... making do without the forehead stuff for now. But leaning toward splurging on the whole mask. Gotta check what size mine is, or use the fitting guide. I think I have a small or medium nose, as I remember.

mask part replacement debate Dec. 23rd, 2005 @ 11:58 am
I'm trying to decide whether to replace just the "Forehead Assembly arm" that's broken on my Respironics Comfort Gel Nasal CPAP Mask or just go ahead and get a whole replacement mask. The parts individually cost a good bit of the cost of the whole shebang, and some of the other parts of the contraption could use replacement, too---just looking old & warn & hard to clean completely. The comfort gel, for instance, is less gel-y than when new, and the forehead pad is a bit murky-lookin'. Plus the straps are a bit frayed.

If I get a whole new mask for about $65, vs. the broken part for $22, I'll have extra parts to cannibalize later, and nice shiny clean works in general. But $43 is $43. And the guy who fitted me for the thing said the part that broke on me is by far the most common to break. Hmmm.

Until I make up my mind, I've figured out a way to use just the part that fits over your nose, with the ball-and-socket affixing of the bottom straps. The way you do it involves angling the hose to an anchoring point. You can't roll around in your sleep without re-affixing the hose anchoring point (under the pillow or against the wall or whatever), but it's a nice free feeling not to have that forehead and head wrap-around mess up there.

I'm quite close to 5000 hours with the thing, and thought I'd post when I got there anyway. Countdown to 5000. In a little over a month shy of 2 years.

2000 hours Nov. 24th, 2004 @ 03:06 pm
Tonight I will pass the 2000-hour mark in CPAP usage. I'd write about it tomorrow, but it's Thanksgiving, and I'll be on the road to a friend's family's.

Anyway, it'll be 296 days, so that's an average, in hours/night of CPAP usage, of (drum roll):

6.756756756756756756756756756756756756756756756756... (repeating)



Yep---6.756 repeating hours of actual sleep per night.

stymied by ailment May. 3rd, 2004 @ 03:36 pm
nights 80 through 90
(a Thursday through a Sunday)

CPAP Usage: 46 hours
Average CPAP usage per night: 4.2
Total HRs CPAP so far: 484.6

Several nights during this bronchial infection have had no CPAP usage whatsoever.

60 4+-Hour Nights! Apr. 22nd, 2004 @ 02:36 pm
Last night marked the 60th night of 4-or-more--hour CPAP usages for me. Rah! Out of 79 nights in total (I think), that's not bad.

While on my 10-day trip earlier this month, I actually averaged 6.1 hours of CPAP use per night. Again, not bad.

I still have the occasional night in which nasal or sinus irritation, or congestion, has me doffing the mask before the night's gone far. But mostly I wear it most of the night, at least. If I don't, the next day I can tell the difference, for sure.

Hard to imagine how I got by on such little energy EVERY STINKIN' DAY before.

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» another fortnight or so
I think I can say I've pretty much gotten the hang of it. (The cat's even getting used to the contraption.) And, boy, I could tell the difference the OTHER way when I went without the machine a coupla nights in a row for this last cold.


Total # of nights with 4+ hours of CPAP use: 32

Avg. # of hours CPAP use per night (or 24-hr period): 5.35

Avg. CPAP hrs, Nights 30--46, not counting nights < 2.0 hrs: 6.96

Avg. CPAP hrs, Nights 30--46, not counting nights < 2.4 hrs: 7.29

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» report, almost a month
Report after 29 nights with the machine

Total # of nights with 4+ hours of CPAP use: 19

Avg. # of hours CPAP use per night (or 24-hr period): 4.87

Avg. CPAP hrs per night, not counting naps or nights < 2.0 hrs: 5.67

Avg. CPAP hrs, Nights 15--29, not counting naps or nights < 2.0 hrs: 6.9


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» nights 15, 16, 17
Last night was pretty good, CPAP-wise-speaking; even managed to read a little with the mask on. Still, I woke up and had to doff it after 6 hrs.

Night 17

hrs of CPAP use this night: 6.0
hrs of CPAP use, total: 76.9


Night 16

hrs of CPAP use this night: 5.2
hrs of CPAP use, total: 70.9


Night 15

hrs of CPAP use this night: 1.5
hrs of CPAP use, total: 65.7
» Nights 11 through 14
The machine keeps track of how many 4(or more)-hour nights you've logged; after a fortnight I'm up to 9. Not too bad.

Night 14 --- not bad (just needed more time in bed)

hrs in bed: 5.5
hrs asleep: 5.0

hrs of CPAP use this night: 4.2
hrs of CPAP use, total: 64.2


Night 13 --- too much congestion, virtually no CPAP

hrs in bed: 6.5
hrs "asleep": 5.5

hrs of CPAP use this night: 0.2
hrs of CPAP use, total: 60.0


Night 12

hrs in bed: 9.5
hrs asleep: 7.5

hrs of CPAP use this night: 4.3
hrs of CPAP use, total: 59.8


Night 11 --- a tough day

afternoon nap: 4.0 w/CPAP

hrs in bed: ?
hrs "asleep": ? (much less luck w/machine)

hrs of CPAP use this nap/night: 6.6
hrs of CPAP use, total: 55.5
» Night 10
Woke up from nightmares; couldn't go back to sleep.

hrs in bed: 6.5
hrs asleep: 5.5

hrs of CPAP use this night: 5.9
hrs of CPAP use, total: 48.9
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