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Dolly +0 points · over 9 years ago Original Poster

Hello everyone! From the posts I've read most people on this site are "newbies" to sleep apnea. I was diagnosed about 15 years ago. Me and my CPAP have traveled (well, some of) the world. I've flown with it, cruised with it and camped with it. By the way, for you campers, there's an attachment that connects from your CPAP to your car battery so you can still use it while camping. I still use mt CPAP every night. My family is used to seeing me sleeping with it, even my dogs. They know when the CPAP mask comes off that I'm awake. If I fall asleep while watching TV, my husband wakes me up to tell me I'm snoring and to put my mask on. I don't leave home without it!

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MakeSleepAPriority +0 points · over 9 years ago

Hi Dolly, Welcome to MyApnea.Org and congratulations your dedication to treating you apnea. Since you are such a seasoned CPAP user and we see some "newbies" struggling, what do you think were the most important things that helped make you successful? What was/is most important about your experience that made you accept CPAP therapy and adhere to it for so long? Could you (and other users) rank your top 3 most positive influences and top 3 challenges?

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truckerdad57 +0 points · over 9 years ago

Welcome Dolly.

It's nice to hear from another non home cpap user. I'm a long hual truck driver with sleep apnea who has been using cpap for 12 years now about 300 days a year in a sleeper berth equipped semi truck.

Often the most hard to address issues are the non medical barriers to treatment. Things like helping active duty military deal with the practical issues of cpap during deployment.

Making sure good accurate information on all kinds of things is part of successful long term treatment.

Hey... for camping. ....have you seen the new Transcend portable battery cpap by SOMNETICS? They've got a solar panel charging option. ... neat. I got a demo to try in the truck.

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