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GRAMMACATHY
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9/29/12 1:47 A

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I am so thin skinned that probably would have me raw the first time.



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9/22/12 6:33 A

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I tried Provent on a trip and thought it was okay and that I could adjust to it. But... and this was big for me...the tape on and off every day for a week irritated my skin. It takes me awhile to adjust to whatever I use (i now use dental appliance but liked cpap too) so it is hard to change for just one night as in a power outage--and still sleep well. Like the battery back up ideas here.

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GRAMMACATHY
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8/18/12 12:47 A

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You have a good plan. I wonder if a converter to the car battery would work or if it would just drain the car battery.



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I'm using an APC battery backup to get through the power bumps. Don't have to many long term outages but I hate waking up with that suffocation feeling when the power goes out.


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GRAMMACATHY
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7/23/11 3:35 P

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Hubby got a heated cushion for the car for Christmas from his daughter. He plugged it into a wall outlet and uses it on his bed. It must have a converter on it.



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7/22/11 9:55 P

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We only use the heat pads, while we are riding in the car. Most often
they are used only when we are going on a long trip.

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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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GRAMMACATHY
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7/21/11 1:25 A

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I have looked at the dental appliance and I think it depends on what is causing your apnea if they work or not. Might be worth checking out for you.

Once I get insurance again I will request a prescription for provent. I think if your doctor will prescribe them, you can order them online directly from the manufacturer.



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7/21/11 12:23 A

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I love the provent idea - I wonder if it is available in Canada? I will have to check.
I am also wanting to contact an ?orthodontist re: getting a device to move the lower jaw forward at night. I have an overbite, and think this would benefit regardless of access to a power source. Has anyone else tried this?


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GRAMMACATHY
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7/9/11 12:28 A

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I have a Trailblazer and did take a nap in it when we were out and I was fatigued. The seats don't lay flat, so my head was raised automatically. It also has two lighter outlets in it. Though 2 cpaps could drain the battery pretty fast.



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I have a battery reverter that I use for my heating pad. Since DH
and I both sleep with apnea machines, sleeping in the car would
not work for us. What has worked for me in an emergency is
sleeping on the couch with a stack of pillows. We have been
blessed to usually only have one night outage from a storm.

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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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7/8/11 12:55 P

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I have a good solution (temporary, of course).... I had it all along and had forgotten. I have a DC converter to use my computer in the car and am going to try my CPAP machine with it. I think I can lie down in the back of my SUV and there is a DC plug in behind the front seat in the middle. I am going to try it out this evening. I will also read the power requirements for the CPAP machine before plugging it in. Also, have read that it takes a lot more power if the humidity is turned on (which mine has). I have decided I don't want to end up with a dead truck battery so will do this only if in dire straits...

Edited by: TEDDYTEDDY at: 7/15/2011 (06:20)
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GRAMMACATHY
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7/5/11 3:10 P

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I am really excited about the Provent for emergency use. I can't imagine the tape would be very kind to old delicate skin, but anything to keep breathing.



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GLDNHRTGRLY
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7/4/11 7:39 P

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I need to check out that Provent tape. Not only would it be good to have in the hurricane box, but when we have one of our thunderstorms.

Thanks!

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GRAMMACATHY
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It really is a great group. It was a newcomer who put me on to the Provent tape. I am constantly learning new things.



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7/3/11 7:36 P

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emoticon for addressing this. I had been concerned about the same thing but hadn't asked yet since I'm still getting used to wearing it. (1 issue at a time. LOL) This is suh a helpful grp.

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GRAMMACATHY
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7/3/11 5:06 P

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Teddy asked a really great question. What are our resources?

She recommended sleeping in a recliner which will help keep the palate open using gravity.

Other links and ideas:

Battery packs aren't cheap but might be worth it.
www.cpap.com/cpap-battery-power/cpap-batte
ry.php


Converters for tapping into car batteries
www.cpap.com/cpap-battery-power/inverters-
converters.php


Generator, expensive, but worth investment if you are also on a well. I need to consider this.
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Here is my favorite for emergencies, The tape would eventually rip all the skin off my nose, but it sure would be great for camping and power outs.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4U295ocaeM&NR=1



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