Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
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Medical Maintenance

A few days ago I woke up wheezing, sneezing, and coughing. Rather than immediately jumping to the conclusion that I've contracted the Virus That Will Kill Us All, I considered other things. It was then that it dawned on me just how long it has been since I did a thorough cleaning of my CPAP machine. I have some hospital-grade disinfectant to be used in very small quantities (a capful for the entire hose) for this purpose, so I carefully cleaned everything and hung it out to dry. Clear breathing restored the following night.

Because my CPAP machine does not have a humidifier (I've never had a problem with that), I don't have the same maintenance schedule as those whose machines do have the water tank and attendant issues. However, knowing about those issues is why we have noted that distilled water is available in Tonopah at the local grocery store, and I'm considering bringing a case of such bottles to the convention.
Tags: cpap, health
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