concerned about sleep apnea

Discussion in 'Camping for the Medically/Physically Challenged' started by stormspotter, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. gcandcc

    gcandcc Member

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    My brother brings his machine with him. Not a big deal.

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    My wife and I are both CPAP users and would not consider even a weekend trip without machines. Our machines are so important to us that we made sure there was a good place for them when we were PUP hunting.

    For the sake of all in the camper and campground encourage your FIL to take his amchine.

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    I purchased the Xantrex Powerpack 600HD to use while tent camping and still bring it in the PUP. Even used the powerpack at home during a power outage.
    I was able to run my CPAP for 3 nights. When I replace my current CPAP I plan to get one that will run off 12V so I can run it off the PUP battery.

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    Three nights is really good given that the Xantrex only has 28-amp-hours.
     
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    Final report: I had my C-PAP hooked up to my deep cycle battery for 4 nights straight and this morning my battery was still 65% charged. This is great news. Means I can go camping without having to worry about how to plug in my C-PAP. This will make traveling and camping so much easier as you can find a plethora of nice campgrounds without the need to reserve days/weeks/months in advance if you don't need electricity. I now know that I can go a long while without even having to recharge my battery.

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  6. NYcamper

    NYcamper It is what it is.

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    I have a CPAP and can not imagine sleeping w/o it. I even try to use it for naps b/c it makes such a difference for me. Check out my photos - I have a pic of where I put it. I use electricity but I like the link that was posted for the battery back up. DH and I have looked into it last year but felt it was too expensive. Even when we went tent camping we just got an electric site w/ the extension chord. I also like it b/c it gives me a "white noise" buffer to all the campground sounds that tend to wake me up and interfere w/ my "beauty sleep". I need all that I can get :)
    Although, maybe I should talk to my Dr about all the surgery - maybe it would be better/ easier in the long run. The CPAP isn't the most romantic devise to have at bedtime !!

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    Broken record again. Take the machine. Look into renting/purchasing a Remstar Pro...you can get a direct 12V connection for that machine, it's very small, light, and relatively quiet. I'm on my Fourth machine now (since 1994!)....Dont leave home without it!

    I use a portable jumpstart battery from Wallyworld for those instances where I'm in a no-hookup site....it has two powerports on the front, and I can recharge it from the truck when we are "Out and about" through the Trucks powerport. Never have run it dry!

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    I take my CPAP with me everywhere I go whether I stay in a motel or camp. My is portable in size so it works out good. I do sleep a lot better with it.

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    i take my cpap with me, I have a 120 amp hour on board deep cycle battery on the PU and a portable battery with a built in inverter that lasts for 2 days and then I switch over to the PU battery if I am out more than 2 days. I do carry a generator for emergencies

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    2 friends use a CPAP. We all are volunteer camp counselors together for a week each summer. Last year, C didn't bring his CPAP. By Tuesday, he was a zombie. By Wednesday, he was calling his wife to bring it to him from home. He was miserable because he just wasn't sleeping. The kids in the cabin were kept awake by his snoring, too.

    Soooo....bring the CPAP!

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  11. gcandcc

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    My brother takes his with him...wouldn't be very good time if he didn't feel great after a nights sleep.

    Take it.

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    Well, I did the sleep studies and got the word from the doctor on Wednesday that yes, I need to start using a CPAP. The results of the first night without the CPAP were that in a 6 hour period, I stopped breathing 75 times. No wander I have no energy during the day. So I hope to have the CPAP by late next week. Charge up the camper's battery, I'm going to need it at Big Meadows.

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    It will take just a bit of getting used to, and you may have to try a couple of kinds before you find the perfect mask for you, but, Oh, you are going to feel all kinds of better now! I hear of people who are supposed to use them who do not, but I wouldn't think of going a night without mine! I love waking up feeling like I slept! You will be a new person.

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    That's good because the old person very tiered all the time.

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    I'm tired all the time- I'm sure it's a sign of motherhood. Good luck with the c-pap Steve. Everyone I know who uses one is greatful to find out what the problem is and finally get some much needed rest.

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    I use a CPAP. it made a world of difference for me. It takes a little getting used to. It does have it's drawbacks.....cuddling with the significant other can be a little frustrating and you need to shave if you use the face mask vs the nose buds. I use a power pack with a built in invertor to run my machine for a couple of nights. I am thinking of hardwiring a invertor to my PU's battery that has a longer run time than the battery pack.

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    I've been on a CPAP for several years Steve. I run it off of the camper battery at times. It's not a very big current draw.

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    The only big current draw is the heating element that warms the water. If that is off, I used my C-PAP for five nights using a deep cell battery, and it was still at 55% when I recharged it.
     
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    Dh & I went to cpap.com and ordered the 12 volt adapter for his cpap. It came with 6 extra fuses. Do these blow fuses everytime you use them? DO you have to wake up to switch the fuse out.

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    Well, in the two weeks that I used my adapter, I never blew any fuses.
     

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