I can hear my friends and family now. The Darth Vader jokes will start flying when I tell them I have a CPAP system.
I'm incredibly grateful to the complete stranger who offered his CPAP machine to me. I brought it up on the Mobile, AL and Mississippi Coast Buy-Sell-Swap groups. I knew it would be a ridiculous long shot and I felt somewhat stupid for even saying "Hey, I need a cheap or free CPAP"...as if somebody would just have one lying around. Well, he did. My aunt took me to Theodore to meet him. He gave me the entire system and even a carrying case. I'm sure it's worth several hundred dollars, if not in the $1000 range. I could not thank him enough.
Then a friend that I grew up with heard. He packed up his extra supplies...masks and all...and brought them to me while he was visiting the Coast from Tennessee. Seriously, how lucky am I?
I haven't tried to figure the thing out yet, but I will soon.
It's definitely a bit freaky looking, and I'm pretty horrified by the fact that I need this already in my mid-30's, but I'm hoping it won't be that bad to get used to. Whatever it takes to be able to breathe again while laying down, I guess. Breathing is pretty important, right?
Good thing I'm single...