From my visit to Duke, Dr. Bedlack ordered a BiPap machine for me. A pulmonary technician came out to the house last Tuesday, the 5th of January to set me up with my machine. This is not oxygen, but air. BiPap stands for Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure. It is a breathing apparatus that helps people get more air into their lungs. The BiPap machine runs quietly and is small enough to fit on a nightstand. My BiPap has a heated humidifier so I don’t get a dry mouth or throat. A lot of people with sleep apnea use these. I am working up to wearing a mask that is hooked up to the BiPap through the night. Right now I am wearing it for a few hours every day to get use to it. The purpose of the BiPap machine is to continually force air into my lungs so they will stay strong. It will also give me more energy. We are working on getting the mask to fit properly so there are no leaks and it doesn’t hurt the bridge of my nose. I am doing well with it and my goal is, in another week, to start sleeping with it. So far, so good.