scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Sleep Apnea - CPAP
Jason Cruse (jcruse@SOCKET.NET
Wed May 24 2000 - 13:23:00 CDT
My father as sleep apnea. And, as he is unlikely to see this post for
several days, I will try and respond as best I can for him.
In part, what you do to camp is dictated by the level of severity of the
apnea and your doctor--as well as what you are comfortable with. Likely,
long backpacking trips are out. My father is not comfortable sleeping
without the breathing machine, so short camping trips must be of car
camping type. He has an adapter that allows him to plug his machine into
the cigarette lighter and run an extension cord to the tend. He does this
just as everyone is turning in and generally gets up before everyone else,
so the cord doesn't pose a problem.
He does camp with me and my son, who is 6. When he first got his machine,
he let my kids play with it some, pretending to Darth Vader and such, so
that they wouldn't be afraid the first time they saw him with it on.
The noise from the machine is negligible. Just sounds like slight breeze at
night, so it shouldn't keep other campers awake.
Bottom line--it doesn't have to keep you from car camping, however, you
aren't likely to camp without electricity much in the future. You will have
to try it a couple of times to see what you are comfortable with and so
forth...as well as what those around you are comfortable with. Seeing as
how, as a kid, our troop used to get complaints from people around us
because of my dad's snoring (undiagnosed at that point as sleep apnea), the
machine on campouts is not a bad thing.
Hope this helps,