Early Saturday morning, my CPAP machine woke me up. It was making a high-pitched whirring noise. Groggily, I unplugged it so it would reboot.
When it was ready, I turned it back on. Still noisy. I took the air hose out and plugged it back in. No improvement. I slid the water tank out and slid it back in. Slight improvement. I tried it again, and the slight improvement vanished. I gave up and went back to sleep, without the CPAP.
I estimate I’d had four to five hours with the fully functional CPAP. It was a little harder to wake up than usual but I felt more or less ok.
I work from 8:30-1:00 on Saturdays. I didn’t feel quite as sharp at work, and I was tired when I came home. I fell asleep reading in the afternoon.
Later in the evening, I was writing. Ed asked me If I’d figured out what was wrong with the CPAP. I said I’d look at it when I finished what I was working on.
When I finally gave it my attention, I discovered the whirring was louder. For a moment, I thought I’d solved the problem when I took a coaster and an earplug out from underneath the machine. The newly level surface seemed to reduce the whirring for a few seconds but then it was loud again.
I decided I wasn’t going to be able to fix it, and went to sleep without it. Boy, now I feel awful. I struggled to wake up. I’m groggy and my eye is twitching. I need to call the company that provides the machine. I need to figure out if they are open on Sundays. I need to find the paperwork with my account information.
Mostly, I want to go back to sleep.