I’ve been on the new full face mask for a week now, with one extremely good night’s sleep, night before last. I’ve been awake since 12:30AM today, though. I woke up with air just jetting out from under the bottom of the mask, where the silicon soft part had come out of the plastic part of the mask. By the time I woke up enough to realize what the problem was, and then fixed it, I was wide awake. I’m also continuing to have problems with my skin. I’m ready to try the all over the face kind. That’s not supposed to irritate skin, as it fits at the hairline and all around the face completely. This is the last style there is, basically, so I’m about to run out of options, other than not use it at all. That 8 hours of sleep on Sunday night gave me such high hopes, too.
I continue to struggle with terrible gas, and I’ll be calling my Gastro’s nurse today to report in. Stopping the Amitiza just didn’t help any. Nothing has really changed as far as feeling like something is wrong with my elimination process, either.
We walked at the track again yesterday morning, after several days off. This time it was due to DH having some pains, as I think he over did it when we started back walking the other day. Hopefully, he’ll be OK this morning, and we can get our walk in. I also worked in the yard early yesterday morning, putting another pile in the Lasagna Compost area and digging around the foundation of our new garage. We need to get a drainage ditch around the front edge, so I’m hoeing just a little bit each day. I’m also trying to sweep off the driveway every day or so, as that is good exercise for my shoulders. It sure does feel funny, though, trying to sweep left handed. But I need to exercise both shoulders, so I do it, funny feeling or not. And boy, am I right sided. I’m pitiful trying to sweep “backwards”. LOL
I’ve been doing more research, trying to see if there is anything I’ve missed about CPAP. I did find that I’m supposed to have the machine below head level, a fact that escaped me somehow. I didn’t keep it on long enough last night to know if that would stop the “rain out”, as it is called. That’s when the humidifier in the machine causes condensation in the tubing, because the air in the room is cooler. I can’t do without the moistened air, so I will need to deal with the condensation. It got so bad one night that it sounded like the thing was gargling!
I was also trying to find out of the machine is aggravating the gas I’m having, and yes, CPAP does often cause that, as many people swallow the air. It’s supposed to be something you grow out of, and can be lessened by using the Ramp Up switch, which starts the pressure lower so you can go to sleep easier. I hadn’t been using it, since going to sleep has never been my problem. But I did use it last night, and will from now on.
For all that I’m discouraged this morning, after so little sleep last night, I am still hopeful that I will adjust to the CPAP. I’m not so optimistic about my digestive system problem, though, and I am still wanting the colonoscopy. My legs and hands continue to be swollen with fluid, too. We’ll see what the doctor has to say today.