Friday, September 3, 2010

{this moment}

A SouleMama Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savor and remember.


  1. Found your blog a week ago and have been reading interest in urban homesteading has been growing and so I picked up a couple of the books you recommended from the library.

    Last night I was curled up in a chair reading a chapter on how difficult life will become without electricity if you are not prepared for it...and JUST as I started on that chapter, the power went out.

    Talk about perfect timing! It kind of drove home the message that power can't really be relied upon forever.

    I have sleep apnea, and without power last night, it was too dangerous for me to attempt sleep. I have to use a CPAP machine, otherwise I quit breathing more than 30 times an hour. Worse, I have apnea-related narcolepsy, so when I don't get a proper amount of sleep at night, I am susceptible to narcoleptic attacks.

    Is there some sort of short-term solution in situations like this? I know the only long-term solution is to have major surgery to "cure" the sleep apnea, and the surgery is only 50% effective. But until I can take that drastic step, I NEED electricity to run my CPAP machine. Any ideas?

  2. Patricia - first, thank you. I'm glad that you've found some useful information :). As for solutions, any suggestions I might offer would depend on how much power your CPAP machine needs, because the best short-term solution is that you generate your own power.

    According to this site, some CPAP machines can operate on both AC and DC power, which means you could, simply get a battery back-up and a solar charger for the batteries, which may mean a big solar panel, but Amazon had 170W systems for less than $1000. You might not need something so large if you only need to run the CPAP and charge the battery. Depending on how long your batteries last, that might, actually, be a longer term solution.

    A real short-term solution (because there may be supply interruptions) is a gas-powered generator. Most people try to get as big a generator as possible, but the problem with that is higher wattage generators cost a lot more - both in intial cost and in cost to operate. A 3500W generator can be found for less than $500, and really a generator that size would power my whole house ;). If you're just powering your CPAP machine, you could probably get away with only using a few gallons of gasoline and have power for a long time.

    Hope that helps ;).