Dopey is one of Disney’s Seven Dwarfs.
(image found here)
I begin there because I have fond memories of asking people to name all seven Disney dwarfs, from memory.
Can you do that? Or would that seem like a dopey use of your time?
Dopey is also the word I tend to use, about behaviors that are not smart. I vastly prefer that word to “stupid.”
Dopey is also how I felt after I had my first night’s sleep using a CPAP machine, last month. (CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure.) (That is not the dopiest acronym I’ve ever heard, I suppose.) I don’t mean to imply I felt stupid after that night’s sleep, back in June at my second sleep study. Rather, having that deep and good a sleep made me feel… weird. Like I was drugged. (I hear that reaction is not uncommon.)
Yesterday, a very nice guy named Jimmy came to our home, and demonstrated everything I need to know about how to use my very own CPAP machine. Unlike other times when people have talked to me about medical devices, I did NOT feel dopey (or bad in any way).
I didn’t take a photo of Jimmy, because I was:
- a little nervous, and
- not wanting to bother him, because I assumed he had lots of other people to visit on his work day.
Is that dopey?
Here’s my CPAP machine’s new home:
How do I feel this morning, after sleeping with my very own CPAP machine? A little strange, but not as dopey as before.
I do think I’d like to call my machine something else, though. “CPAP” does sound a little dopey, to me, right now. Any suggestions?
To end this post, before I leave for work (after a non-dopey night’s sleep), here are some photos I snapped yesterday:
How might you rate those, on the smart-to-dopey scale?
Many thanks to Jimmy, to medical machines that help improve people’s quality of life, to smart and dopey creatures everywhere, to the Alewife Brook Reservation, to Summer Shack, to PetSmart, to Whole Foods and to you — of course! — wherever you are, today.