Quiet Day

Sep. 12th, 2015 09:34 pm
kevin_standlee: (Fernley House)
[personal profile] kevin_standlee
Inasmuch as tomorrow is a very busy day (drive to Yuba City, then Sacramento, then to the Bay Area), and it only gets busier (get up way too early to get the van to the mechanic in time to get to the train station to ride to work), I spent today taking it relatively easy and packing for this coming week.

For the last couple of weeks post-Sasquan, I've found myself waking up in the middle of the night with a cough. It wasn't until yesterday morning, when I did my routine every-four-weeks change of the fine-particulate filter in my CPAP machine, that it dawned on me that this probably had something to do with all of the smoke in Spokane. The filter was just choked with gunk. I put a fresh filter in and slept better last night.

Date: 2015-09-13 04:40 am (UTC)
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Tired)
From: [personal profile] kshandra
Thank you for reminding me to change the filter on my own face-hugger. I'd intended to do it when I got back from the playa, for obvious reasons, and then we didn't go...

Date: 2015-09-13 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalimac.livejournal.com
Four weeks? B. cleans hers every week. Of course, our house is full of cat hair and general dust.

But the smoke, more than the Puppies, makes us glad we didn't go to Spokane.

Date: 2015-09-13 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scott-sanford.livejournal.com
I won't say it wasn't bad, because there were times it was very bad outside. Indoors the problem decreased to a funny smell. If you didn't need to leave the convention center the smoke could be pretty much ignored.

Date: 2015-09-13 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalimac.livejournal.com
"the smoke could be pretty much ignored."

Obviously not, if it gunked up Kevin's CPAP that badly.

Date: 2015-09-13 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kevin-standlee.livejournal.com
The model of CPAP I have has two filters: a reusable coarse-grain filter made of spongy material, which I clean every two weeks, and a disposable fine-grain filter that the instructions say to replace every four weeks.

I did not mean to say that the fine-grain filter had bits of crud falling off of it, just that it was pretty dark compared to its normal monthly accumulation. The only time I remember that much stuff caught in the filter was on our trip to Japan, where it appears the air quality was not very good, although it was less obvious than when the fires of Mordor darkened the skies over Spokane.

Date: 2015-09-14 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rono-60103.livejournal.com
I haven't looked at my filter since Sasquan. I'm pretty sure I had a fresh filter in there just before we left (or put one in there).

But, I'm really bad about changing filters and masks - which is why I have a stockpile of mask parts.

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