It’s Official

 Posted by at 12:48 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 112022

I am officially a fat old fart. Yesterday I was outfitted with a CPAP machine. I have had sleep apnea for years and it’s been getting worse over time. I was prescribed the machine several months ago, but like with so many consumer goods, there is a shortage of them and it just came in.

Being somewhat claustrophobic, I was envisioning some type of full face mask that would only add to that problem. So I was surprised to learn it’s basically just a soft plastic piece that fits under my nose and is connected to a hose that attaches to the top of the mask on one end and to the machine on the other. I guess we’ll see how it works out.

Since it was after 5 o’clock when we left the office where we picked up the machine, we had planned to go to Stavro’s Pizza for dinner, which was just a block or so away. But I had forgotten that they are closed for remodeling, so that was out of the question. Our second choice was Alberto’s Italian Restaurant, but as it turns out, they were closed. So we ended up at Boston Fish House, which is fine because it is excellent. Terry tried their blackened swordfish and loved it, and I went with the seafood linguine with shrimp and scallops. What a fine meal it was!

Back at home, I downloaded the MyAir app to my smartphone, which will give me reports on how my body is adjusting to the ResMed AirSense 11 CPAP machine and how it affects my sleeping patterns. But, for the life of me, I could not get the Bluetooth on the device to connect to the phone. After following their instructions and trying several times, I gave up and went online, and in a Reddit thread on the machines I found a back door way in. By turning the machine on and then turning my phone’s Bluetooth off and back on, I got it to it recognize the machine and let me enter the serial number, and it was all good to go. I’ll be heading to bed soon and we’ll see how it goes.

A cold front is coming through the area, and we are in for a chilly, windy day today, with highs in the low to mid-60s and wind gusts at 25 mph. It’s supposed to be back up to around 70 when Tiffany and her daughter arrive tomorrow, which will feel balmy to them after coming from snowy northern Arizona. The weatherman is saying that the next ten days are usually the coldest of the year here in Central Florida but I’m hoping the weather will cooperate enough that we can get out and show the girls a good time while they are here.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. This one came from my friend Jim Harper, and I bet I could beat that score if I tried.

Thought For The Day – The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. – Bertrand Russell  

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  8 Responses to “It’s Official”

  1. I got my Airsense 11 a couple months ago, replacing my 7 year old Airsense 10. I remember getting used to it quickly, but Diane had been on CPAP therapy for many years by then.

  2. Mine was on recall list. But an added filter and removing humidifier is supposed to.make it safe until replacement available.

  3. Miss Terry will sleep a lot better with you on the Cpap.

  4. In mouth breather, had difficulty getting mask. Now have one that fits under nose and covers mouth. Work’s great. Full mask was horrible.

  5. I’ve used one of those devices over 30 years. Used to fall asleep while driving, scaring the crap out of me. Damn good Doc that took me under his wing. He has since retired.

  6. You’re an inspiration! Levonne

  7. Both Kathy and I have been using CPAP Machines since in 2004 and have both worn out Two Machines. I have had Machines recalled and Malfunction on their first night so have gone through more machines..
    Another strange thing is after working years in industry I’m allergic to the Silicone the masks are made from thus requiring me to wear a liner between the mask and my face. It actually caused my face to bleed.
    There are also many different styles of masks that no longer have the support bar against your forehead.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the improved health benefits of your CPAP.

    It’s about time.

  8. Nick, I have had sleep apnea for years also. When I first got it, I posted it on my blog just like you did, only mine was much more full face. I now have one like yours and .ove it.

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