No, this is not some strange yoga position. Nor is it about calling the Republicans to be more vocal (though there are some RINOs that are plenty loud).
I use a CPAP machine to help maintain my breathing through sleep apnea. I have been doing it for 1001 days, according to the cool SleepyHead software by which I monitor myself at much closer intervals than the office’s six-month checkups.
CPAP machines have a hose by which they deliver air to your face. The hose is a little bigger around than a Hula Hoop’s tube, and much more flexible. It is also connected at both ends, since they haven’t figured out how to deliver air wirelessly. Yet.
I used to have the hose running down past my chin, tucked under me as I slept, and that worked fairly well. Not perfectly, mind you – I would wake up several times a night because the hose had shifted, or the weight was pulling it away from my face.
I didn’t want to get a hose stand – I don’t want more clutter.
What I came up with, after reading about other technologies, was to turn the world upside down. Make the hose go up, almost like a snorkel tube. I tuck it between the headboard and mattress. It stays out of my way, and I sleep better.
So I grant to the world the name “Trumpeting Elephant” as a great description of an existing method. Long may it roar!