Thursday, 22 May 2008
It is common knowledge that I have sleep apnoea and have to sleep using a mask and a CPAP machine. Last Friday night the mask was really bugging me so I pulled it off and turned off the machine. Around 4am I awoke with the need to commune with nature so I leant over and turned on the light. The CPAP machine sits next to my light and in those few seconds of light blindness I made out a little bit of movement. As soon as my eye adjusted I saw what the movement was. Now you have to understand that the CPAP has a chamber fill with water that gets heated and warms the air flowing through to you from the machine. When I took the mask off I left it on the side of my bed. A big, nasty (and I am talking 2 inch long) flying cockroach decided to climb into the nose mask, down the 1.5m tube to the machine and go for a dip in the humidifier. I really hate cockroaches and that just freaked me out to no end. It was even worse when I finally managed to pry the bottom of the water chamber off and it went splat into the laundry sink. It was worse than nails down a blackboard. Suffice to say the who lot was sterilised as much as possible before I used it again!