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Should I be this mad at the airport, and if so, what do I do?

Anonymous because I'm not sure if legal action is a possibility. After many times of travelling with his CPAP machine with absolutely no problem, my SO was not allowed to board with it this time at our local airport. (There was a death in his family and he was flying on short notice.) They insisted it needed an FAA approval stamp or at the very least a letter from the manufacturer. We found the relevant letter on our smartphone but the airline employee (the one who was holding the machine hostage) insisted it had to be "on their letterhead." With only an hour before the flight took off, he had to go without it -for three nights. I called the TSA, and they were shocked. I called the relevant airline, and they put me on hold and then told me it was a local airport rule. I sent an email to the airport, and they claim it is an airline rule, and that I was misinformed, and that they were passing my email to the local rep of the airline. (after I responded.) I have not heard back so far. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2014 - 19 answers

 

See pap run. See pap on my nose. See pap on the floor when I wake up.

I have a CPAP machine that I am trying to get used to. How do I keep from taking the mask off in the middle of the night and falling back asleep? [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Mar 8, 2014 - 19 answers

CPAP Machines and TSA X-Rays

Why must CPAP machines be removed from their carrying cases when being X-rayed by the TSA? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Nov 23, 2013 - 9 answers

The amazing CPAP weight loss plan?

CPAP users: Did you manage to lose weight after starting CPAP? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Jun 25, 2013 - 11 answers

How to sleep while waiting?

I got my sleep study results today. Yippee! My doctor can't see me for over two weeks, how am I supposed to get anything done until then? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on May 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Advice re: my father's swift decrease in mobility - arthritis & Synvisc

My father (age 79) has gone from keeping a cane in the car for occasional use to steady himself (through 2012) to being in terrible pain and needing a walker around the house (the latter after a Synvisc injection to the knee 2 weeks ago, knee swelling, and falling - again - at home alone). So far he hasn't broken anything in his falls, but I live 90 minutes away from him and he lives alone. He's accustomed to being quite active and has often been mistaken for a man 10-15 years his junior. [more inside]
posted by pammeke on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

I just want some sleep!

I am having serious psychological trouble adjusting to using my CPAP machine. I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns and I'm resentful and miserable and shall I go on? Yes, I shall. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 29, 2012 - 32 answers

Can this CPAP stand be saved? Or is there a better way?

My partner uses a CPAP machine at night, with a stand to elevate the hose, to keep it from getting crushed or tangled. The stand he uses works well—it greatly improves his sleep—but each stand fails at one soldered joint after about a month of use, so he just buys another one each time. We're tired of paying $20 a month for what should be a one time (or at least rare) purchase. Can you help us find a way to reinforce the stand, or a sturdier stand that we'll only need to buy once? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 9, 2012 - 28 answers

Should I buy a sleep apnea CPAP/APAP machine in Canada or the US?

Should I buy a sleep apnea CPAP/APAP machine in Canada or the US? [more inside]
posted by jkaczor on Aug 23, 2011 - 13 answers

I need to buy a new CPAP mask in NYC. Where?

Where can I get a new CPAP mask today, in NYC? Preferably downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Aug 3, 2011 - 4 answers

CPAP mask and facial markings

Have you experienced facial discoloration from using CPAP? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jul 14, 2011 - 5 answers

A Prince-loving vegan travels to Minneapolis with a CPAP machine. Then some joke of some kind occurs.

I'm about to head to the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, and as a vegan traveling for the first time with a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea, I have a few questions - snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Jun 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Trying to understand why my anxiety/depression spikes

What might cause a marked spike in my anxiety/depression symptoms from 5pm-8pm (almost to the minute)? In terms of body chemistry, sleep/wake cycle, hormones, etc what does my body have going on during this time? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Mar 24, 2011 - 21 answers

CPAP Troubles (or My Sleeping Adventures as a Fighter Pilot)

Why am I waking up 3x or more with CPAP? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Are my medicines really affecting my REM/deep sleep THAT much?

Are my medicines really affecting my REM/deep sleep THAT much? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Jun 9, 2010 - 11 answers

Mayo Clinic and Apnea

The Mayo Clinic and Central NS Sleep Apnea - has anyone had any experience there with any of the following: consultation, evaluation, treatment or just plain contact for informational purposes? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Sep 28, 2009 - 8 answers

help me sleep... PLEASE.

Please help me sleep. Please :( [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Jul 28, 2009 - 51 answers

Help me stay asleep!

I haven't slept through the night in at least 3 years - I need some help around sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and sleep studies. [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Feb 9, 2009 - 16 answers

CPAP alarm?

Is there any way to set up an alarm that will go off if an electrical device is not in use? I need a non-usage alarm for my CPAP. [more inside]
posted by Ery on Feb 8, 2009 - 9 answers

I want to wake up rested!

Help me buy a CPAP machine. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Jul 8, 2008 - 18 answers

Has anyone had success treating sleep apnea without a CPAP (or surgery)?

Has anyone successfully used non-surgical alternatives to CPAP therapy (oral appliances, special pillows, etc) for treatment of mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, or been able to stop CPAP therapy after losing weight? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Jul 6, 2008 - 27 answers

Seeking Help with Some CPAP/Apnea Issues

Do you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine, or do you know someone who does? Help a CPAP newbie who's having a rough ride by answering a few questions and/or giving advice. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Sep 27, 2006 - 24 answers

Broke but suffering from sleep apnea.

Unemployed and uninsured but suffering from sleep apnea. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by SilverTail on Jul 24, 2006 - 12 answers

CPAP Machine Question

I have a CPAP machine, a REMStar Plus, and I'd like to adjust the settings on it to turn it down since I've recently lost a lot of weight. I can't get to my clinic to do this since I'm currently in Nepal. Anyone have any suggestions on how to do this?
posted by AArtaud on Apr 23, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I sleep when I'm a lab rat?

I'll be going to the hospital for a CPAP fitting tomorrow night, which is a follow-up to a sleep study I had a few months ago. I've been reluctant to schedule the follow-up because in the previous sleep study I barely slept at all. I'd really prefer not to repeat that... [more inside]
posted by emptybowl on Apr 27, 2005 - 16 answers

People's Experiences with Sleep Apnea & CPAP?

I was recently diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Feb 17, 2005 - 18 answers

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