Living On Oxygen for Life
Wouldn’t you know it. Just one day after I call to order replacement parts for my bipap, something happens where I need a spare part. Unfortunately, I had no spare part. So, I had to MacGyver up and find a fix. Now, I know you are wondering if I’m up to the task of becoming a MacGyver. You know the TV show where he fixes things in the knick of time to save the world from odds and ends that just happen to be lying around near him. A gum wrapper, a toothpick, or a spring from a ballpoint pen would do nicely, right? Well, none of those things would help in this situation. But never fear! MacGyver girl is here!
I was getting ready for a nap, just like the one seen here in this picture:
Notice that Rocco always makes sure he is comfortable next to his mommy. Don’t look too closely. It’s so NOT a glamorous picture of me. So, where was I? Oh yes, getting ready to put on my bipap mask to lie down.
When I put on my bipap mask, I usually turn on my bipap machine first. Then I slip the head gear over my head and strap it on around the back of my neck to connect to the front of my mask. I connect my oxygen next but when I did that, I noticed some air blowing on me that wasn’t coming from the part of the mask that is suppose to blow out some of the exhaled air. I was like, “H-E- double cheese sticks! This can’t be happening!” I was tired and didn’t want to have to do anything but sleep. You know how that is. When you are tired, you’re tired!
I looked the full length of the hose of my bipap. Didn’t see anything. Then I ran my hand down the length of the hose and that’s when I felt the air coming out and saw a good sized hole. Here I am pulling my mask off, putting my oxygen back on to go in search for a spare hose which I could not find. Nerts! About twenty minutes later, I give up the search and go for my handy dandy, fix everything duct tape. Yep, that’s right. My house is NEVER without duct tape for this very reason. It generally will fix everything I need it to fix. It’s so vital to me that I even pack a role of duct tape in my suitcase for vacations. Really? Yes, really. K just rolls his eyes when he sees me packing the duct tape for vacations. I just tell him that someday he’ll thank me! You just never know, right?
Taping a hole closed is a little tricky on this hose. I used my finger nails to wedge the tape in-between the ridges around the hose to ensure a tight seal. I now have a patched up bipap hose! Yes! I could resume nap time! I’m still awaiting my supplies. It’s been about 3 days now and there’s no telling when they will come. I just wanted to order them before the new year because the insurance deductible restarts on the first of January.
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Living On Oxygen for Life
I lead such a dangerous life. Every step is a potential threat to my wellbeing. I just never know exactly when danger will strike next. “She’s so brave,” you’re thinking! It’s a wonder that I’m still alive! Oh the worry… Oh the drama of said worry. When will it ever end, I ask you?? *swoon*
I face everyday with the threat of my very sneaky, highly stealthy cat of whom I think my husband has secretly trained as a ninja killer kitty. I have never caught Marabelle (aka: Mary) doing this but I have to check everyday the whole length of my oxygen tubing for little tiny teeth puncture holes. These holes slowly bleed the much needed oxygen from the tubing leaving me with less oxygen. I bet you are wondering why I haven’t banished this crafty kitty. *sigh* I just love her so much. Besides, I have duct tape. No, no, I don’t duct tape my cat! Heavens no! The duct tape comes in handy for quick fixes for when I need to wrap the tape around the nearly chewed in half area of my 50 foot oxygen tubing to make it sealed and to fix the leak. My house is never without my handy duct tape which comes in all sorts of lovely colors. But mine is white.
Now I bet you are wondering what more possible dangers could there be? Well… I’m not the most graceful person when it comes to coordination. Walking a straight line is not my thing when I’m tired. There have been a time or two when I’ve been walking in the house while doing chores (carrying the full laundry basket to the bedroom) and my feet get tangled up in the oxygen tubing. I end up barely catching myself when I trip. But, once or twice, I’ve face planted on our hardwood floor. There are times when people will accidentally step on my tubing as I’m walking away (that’s usually my husband, K). This really hurts my face and ears because I’m walking away and it jerks me back. Sometimes the canula gets ripped from my face and my nose pays the price. Sometimes I even step on it myself. Remember, I’m not a graceful person. This even happens with my portable oxygen tank too because I’ll start walking one way when K is going the other way and I forget that we are linked because he has the oxygen portable with him. I’m so use to using oxygen that it’s not a conscience thought any more. It’s just part of me now.
Sometimes, when I go to blow out a candle, I forget to take my oxygen off which is totally stupid of me. Never introduce a lit candle to your enriched oxygen breath. Usually nothing happens (luckily!) but sometimes it’s harder to blow the candle out. I use to go out dancing with my husband, K, and when I was in the club, I would ALWAYS be conscientious of where everyone’s lit cigarette was at in coordination with my liquid oxygen portable. Especially if the place was packed! (which is always was when we went)
So, you see? Not only am I a rebel… my husband always says that when I’m around, chaos just swirls around me! Isn’t that so cool?? I tell him, “Well, at least I make your life interesting!” Then, of course, I proceed to laugh when I see the look on his face. He’s so priceless. I’d never, ever trade him in for a newer model! Haha!
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