Early Tuesday morning. About 4:30.
I wake up for no apparent reason. In the blue glow of the buttons on his CPAP machine I can see he's wearing his mask. Good. The mask is the big hurdle to get over. For me the big hurdle has been the sound of the CPAP once it ramps up to 11 (insert Spinal Tap joke here). The sound of it blowing air into him and him exhaling that air out gets pretty loud. So I bought some ear plugs.
Now to see if Josh was actually using the CPAP and not just sleeping with the mask, I removed an ear plug. Sure enough the machine (who I named Pappy) was delivering his Continuous Positive Airway Pressure to my beloved, keeping him from waking up 200 times a night and thus having problems with depression, memory, attention span, blood pressure and increased risk for stroke. Awesome. Mission acomplished. So I squished my earplug back down and put it back in my ear. I remained propped up on my elbow as it slowly expanded. Just as it did Josh woke up and this coversation took place:
Him through the mask: "~~~~~~~~~~~~"
Me with earplugs in: "What?"
Him: "~~~~~~~~~ awake?"
Me taking a stab at what he said: "I just woke up. I'm waiting for my earplug to re-expand. I took it out to see if you were using the machine."
Him: "~~~~~~~~using it."
Me: "Well that's good. And the earplugs work so we won't have to get separate bedrooms."
Him happy enough to be heard through the mask and the earplugs: "Yea! Our marriage is healthy!"
Trust me, it was hilarious at the time. If you've never worn earplugs while your partner tries to talk to you through a mask pumping air into them I recommend it.
Image of "Dragon's Quilt" by Dragon Dreams