Category: "Healthcare"

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04/22/09

  06:50:09 pm, by The Dreamer   , 534 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

Lasko 3540 Cyclone 20-Inch Pivoting Floor Fan with Remote Control

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Lasko-3540-Cyclone-20-Inch-Pivoting/dp/B001DNGRYG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1240443537&sr=8-1

On the weekend, I started finding it uncomfortably warm at night....particularly in the area under the headgear of my CPAP mask. I was resorting to turning the thermostat down.

It isn't that warm and humid yet....could get really expensive if I'm going to need to do this all summer. Temporarily I have inverted the sleep time temperature range on my set-back thermostat. Normally, its not as cool when I'm sleeping. Now its cooler than any other time.

While I was laying there waiting for the A/C to have its effect, the air purifier kicked itself to high and it made a slight improvement in comfort. Years ago when I lived in Medicine Hat, and didn't have air conditioning...I had floor fans (TurboAire) that I pointed at the ceiling to circulate air and make things tolerable. I had given them away a few moves ago....

But, I thought that maybe I should get something like it ASAP. I had been looking previously, but it wasn't a rush then...so I had put it off, because I wanted to find the same brand as I used to have....but it wasn't coming up in my internet searches (partly because I couldn't remember the brand name).....and because I was looking for a fan, rather than an 'air circulator'

However, now that I was in a hurry to get one....I looked to Amazon Prime to have it come my way on a particular day when I was going to be home for other reasons.

It was hard trying to find out if the fan would tilt to the full blow into ceiling orientation (a video review of the Lasko 3540 didn't show it tilting more than a few clicks up) But, after narrowing down the choices that were sold by Amazon.com and in stock, so that I would get it today. I settled on this one.

Part of the reason was the remote control and another part was that it seemed to have only a two-prong plug. And, I crossed my fingers that it would go to the straight up orientation.

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04/10/09

  07:17:37 pm, by The Dreamer   , 209 words  
Categories: Appliances, Amateur Radio, Healthcare

I got an Ultrasonic Cleaner

On cpaptalk.com, it was mentioned using an ultrasonic cleaner to clean masks. So, that got me looking around for an ultrasonic cleaner.

Since the OP got his off of Australian eBay, I decided to get one from a US eBay seller.

It arrived today. I got a bigger unit than the OP, but it isn't too big. In fact when I picked up the package from the UPS store, it was smaller than I expected.

Though for the mask I have now, it'll probably be way too big. Though I have other masks around, and they might need the extra room.

I did a quick test of the machine and then put my glasses in for a short cycle. It sure was interesting watching what seemed like smoke streaming from the rims, hinge and nose pieces. I probably needed to have it in there longer to really get all the gunk out. But, I think my glasses are the cleanest they've ever been....

It'll be Sunday before I get around to run mask parts through it. Want to allow sufficient time for the parts to air dry afterwards....and Saturday I'm helping with communications for the Cabin Fever bike run. Plus I need to brew up some more distilled water....

02/26/09

  08:12:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 341 words  
Categories: Computer, AppleTV, Healthcare, Amazon Kindle

Today was Amazon Kindle 2 Day

Though it wasn't the day that my Amazon Kindle 2 arrived...that arrived a day early. But, I did start loading it up with material to read. The first purchased item was a subscription to Reader's Digest.

I had let my print subscription go years ago, because it was hard to keep up....I have too many magazines and not enough time, so I could probably stand to lose a few more here and there. But, it was interesting reading Reader's Digest again...on the Kindle. Might look at other subscriptions, though not really sure what else I would want that is currently available.

Also not sure where I stand on books. I haven't been reading much in a very long time, but I've been meaning to get back into things....I just don't know where to begin now.

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02/22/09

  06:06:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 266 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

Another Air Purifier Shuffle

The refurbished Oreck XL Professional Air Purifier that I purchased from Oreck, had been getting noisier and noisier. It is down to the 'silence' setting, and making way too much noise.

OTOH, the same model Oreck that I purchased on Woot.com, has been working fine. But, with the Surround Air unit in the laundry being bigger than I had thought it would be, and that it has the advantage of remembering its state when it looses power...I felt that it might be better suited in another location. Especially since I had purchased the APC BE550R for the laundry area, and to keep the Air Purifier in the on state was a consideration.

So, what I did was retire the noisy Oreck XL Professional Air Purifier in my 'computer' room. And, replace it with the quiet Oreck XL Professional Air Purifier that was in my living room.

I then moved the Surround Air purifier from the laundry area to the living room.

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02/16/09

  11:43:29 pm, by The Dreamer   , 296 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Safety & Security, Healthcare

President's Day Sales got me.

I guess I forgot that a big sales event was coming up....but, I happened to look at Sears and that air purifier that I wanted was on sale. The idea for another air purifier shuffle is forming.

But, then I was thinking of a UPS to filter out the small power glitches....and once again, sales this weekend. I first went to best buy, to find a cheap UPS...and saw that the 1500VA Geek Squad UPS was on sale. So, I started trying to map where that UPS would go, and it it free up a small UPS. Then somebody mentioned that Staples featured a small UPS for cheaper and better than the the one I was looking at from Best Buy.

So, after some though, I decided to go with that UPS (APC 550VA BE550R)...$20 off for $40 before $10 rebate. Decided to pad the order with 3 cases of bottled water to get free shipping.

The Sears EnviroSense Air Purifier has the problem in that it defaults to off after the slightest power interruption. While the Surround Air that I recently got, seems to have no such hangups.

So a small UPS to keep the EnviroSense Air Purifier happy seemed the fix to that. Though not sure I want the noise of UPS in the bedroom. Of course, the laundry right by the bedroom door...so it isn't really a big fix. Nobody said I had thought this through extensively. But, I do plan to get a big UPS eventually, and it'll be a refurbed SmartUPS to back up the other half of HT setup. But, I guess that will have to wait to later in the year.

Though I suppose what I could do for it being a small cheap UPS...is remove the noise maker.

Hmmm....we'll see... U-(

02/14/09

  10:38:15 pm, by The Dreamer   , 563 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare, Amazon Kindle

Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro Air Purifier

Link: http://www.surroundair.com/intellipro.htm

Back on July 1st, I wrote about a new air purifier I had acquired -- LINK.

That new air purifier has been great, and I've been wanting to get 2 or 3 more similar units to scatter around my condo. Namely in that it has been very effective at dealing with odors, and its odor sensor to make it come up when needed.

Yes, it is interesting how during the night, the air purifier will rev up now and then. Especially lately, where Aerophagia is a known side-effect of CPAP therapy. Though disturbing is that when I take a shower (and the bathroom exhaust fan is going, its on the same switch as the bathroom light....though I'm thinking that someday I'll see about separating the two)....I will come out and find it rev'd up.

Anyways...I original got it to help combat the odors that come up in my condo from my neighbors. Before it was like food odors, and the neighbor seemed a good cook....though sometimes the smell was something being burnt. But, the new neighbors seem to like excessive strong scents on stuff, and other neighbors like using gallons of lighter fluid when the grill.

One of the problem areas is near where there's a hole in my floor into the unit below....by the dryer. So, I've been thinking of getting another unit to put here.

After months of wanting to get one, I finally decided I couldn't put it off any longer and pulled the trigger on one. But, size is a factor for this location (and so was price) So, I went looking for possibly a smaller unit for this location. There was a smaller version of the same or similar air purifier, but it was almost as expensive as the size I had gotten....especially since the larger size is often on sale (as it was at this particular moment). The smaller one was on sale around black friday, but Sears didn't actually have any in stock (for online purchase)...and when Sears sent me the email that it was back in stock...the sale was over.

So, I expanded my search to include other models with similar features available through Amazon Prime. And, this was one of the units that seemed to fit the bill. Though it turned out to be much bigger than I expected. But, I set it up there and it seems to do the job.

Though so far no strong odors for it to deal with. Though it did react when I was making shake and bake.

It was interesting to note that it didn't react when I was taking my shower this morning, though the bedroom air purifier still did.

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02/12/09

  07:30:17 am, by The Dreamer   , 311 words  
Categories: Stuff, Home, Appliances, Safety & Security, Healthcare

Intermatic DT17 Heavy Duty Digital Timer Product Recall

Link: https://www.intermaticstore.com/dt17recall.pgm

Amazon.com sent me an email notice informing me of a voluntary product recall of the Intermatic DT17 that I had purchased from them a while back.

It indicated that any date code ending in 'A', 'B', or 'C' along with 40Z to 52Z were affected. A quick check shows mine is 13B.

Visiting the recall site, it appears you submit a claim and they send you a postage paid mailing carton to collect the recalled timer and then send you a new one. So, at least its free. But, it means that I'm without my timer in the mean time.

I've been using this timer to control my Hot Water Pot....to cut down on the amount of unnecessary on time of this appliance. Even then, sometimes its probably on more than it needs to be. But, having the Hot Water Pot is kind of a convenience thing.... :>>

I guess I can go back to leaving it on all the time for the gap.

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02/10/09

  05:48:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 86 words  
Categories: Home, Healthcare

Yay, Westar cares.

It has been a couple months since the last significant power glitch....but today I got a letter from Westar Energy. It informs me that the circuit that serves my premises has experienced 4 outages in the past year. Therefore, they are going to take immediate action to improve the quality of the system that serves my premises.

Still, I will probably be looking at additional changes at home with respect to power...

And, I still haven't really decided if I should document my medical equipment with them. :??:

01/03/09

  11:11:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 344 words  
Categories: Home, Furnishings, Healthcare

CPAP Night Five

This night was not too different from last night. Other then a slight rearrangement of stuff around my bed (due to the introduction of a PowerSource 400 and another Night Stand, so now my CPAP machine is completely on the night stand and the hose comes straight off the back instead of deflecting off my alarm clock (CPAP was as far forward without its feet being off the stand, and the alarm clock was as far back the same...and in opposite corners)....now the alarm clock has moved to the other night stand. Might help me from turning it off before I'm completely awake. Though I think the CPAP will have a bigger effect on stopping that from happening. The main changes would be that I washed the nasal pillow using baby shampoo instead of dish soap and the humidifier was filled with distilled water.

Didn't notice any difference humidifier wise, though didn't really expect to. Still have it set lower than I would like to avoid rain-out. According to the tracking number, my order containing the cover was processed yesterday in Nashua, NH....so probably no chance of priority mail getting it to my box today. So, it'll have to wait until next Saturday's trip to my box to get it. Of course, if they had sent it to the shipping address I had specified on the order....I'd have it much sooner. Perhaps I'll have to explore other measures for rain-out prevention in the meantime....

But, I did notice the change to baby shampoo....sadly there was hint of baby shampoo smell instead, when I first put on my mask. Guess I need to work on my cleaning technique. In the morning there was still that smell after the mask was removed, and nose is sore again....wonder if I should give the next size down another try.

I did get up once during the night....got a sip of water while I was up, but not because I had to.

I also did dream last night, don't know if that was good or bad....I guess I was hungry....

01/02/09

  03:53:49 pm, by The Dreamer   , 482 words  
Categories: Home, Healthcare

Ecotones - Ambient Adaptive Sound Therapy System

Link: http://www.hammacher.com/publish/76034.asp

A little while ago, on one of the gadget blogs I follow, I heard about this product. It then appeared on a few others. I saw a listing for it on Amazon.com, but it wasn't actually available....so I put it on my wish list as something I would get in the future.

This is something I have toyed with getting for my bedroom...to help combat the noises that my neighbors make...though some of the noises they make are just rude, and being a bad neighbor, and I thought this was a no pets property....

And, from the description this sounded like it fit the bill. Later I saw that Hammacher Schlemmer was carrying it. So, I made a note to buy it...so that it would arrive shortly after my return from winter vacation.

It wasn't ordered in time to get it before Christmas...and the UPS tracking said it would arrive on December 30th. But, apparently while I was out getting the CPAP on December 29th...UPS showed up to try and deliver it. So, I waited at home to receive it on the 30th, as originally planned.

Now that I had it...I quickly discovered two (and then a third) problem with it. First, when you plug it in...it goes through a calibration process and emits a very loud tone. And, it does this every time it gets power. Meaning, hope the power never blinks in the middle of the night, or you'll get a rude awakening.

Kind of a problem since I got it to help deal with noise when trying to get to sleep...and stay asleep. But, now I have it on the PowerSource 400 I recently acquired.

Second was that the 12 choices of SoundStories...were the only sound options for it. There's no plain white noise or the like. I figured "Relaxing Fan" would be the one to go with. I have sometimes cranked my aircleaner to full blast to help mask condo noises. But, that level of noise is kind of bothersome....as well...and I prefer to leave it in automatic mode, and not have to remember switching it in and out, etc. Though the ecotones unit is more expensive than the aircleaner....

Later I discovered a 3rd problem...the "Relaxing Fan" SoundStory contains a chime element. Which I found disturbing...and eventually set out to find a different SoundStory.

Other, SoundStories are already not to my liking or contain other distracting elements...like birds chirping or cars honking, sirens.

Currently, I've settled on "Distant Thunderstorm" as my SoundStory. I didn't really want a water based theme, since normally I find the sound of water very worisome and distracting. Too many occasions, where I've heard the sound of water...and something bad is causing the sound. Now I hear something like the sound of water, and spend time wandering my condo checking if there's something wrong.

Plus a real Thunderstorm would usually wake me up at night.....

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