Hi there. I just wanted to thank you for your responses. You folks are wonderful, you know that? The combined wisdom and experience of all those on this site is really something!
I just wanted to follow up and let you know what I ended up doing. First of all, the one respiratory therapist who I called expressed concern that the CPAP might encourage the mucous to settle deeper into my chest if I used it while I had this virus, given the amount and thickness of all of my throat gunk. However, she said that my own respiratory therapist would call me back - which he never did. So I found myself in quandry. I read the posts listed here but then I decided to simply make a decision. Here is what I did:
As long as I had such great volume of mucous and nasal discharge, and because of the amount of coughing I was doing, and because my nose was SO blocked (nasal decongestant every three to four hours - yes, I know, way too much), I opted to not use my CPAP but rather sleep sitting up in my comfy chair in the living room. Since I don't snore when I fall asleep in this chair, I figured I would be safe sleeping there all night without the CPAP going. I did this for three nights. Finally, this past Saturday night, I felt that I was well enough to go back to my bed and use the CPAP. It felt so good to crawl under the covers and put the mask on!!! And I slept for a solid eleven hours!! Life is sooooo good!
Anyway, just wanted to say thanks ~ and to let you know the outcome.
Fisher and Paykel SleepStyle 234 CPAP Machine with Built In Heated Humidifier; pressure set at 10; ResMed Mirage Activa LT nasal mask.