scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Sleep Apnea - CPAP
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Wed May 24 2000 - 17:37:45 CDT
I use a deep cycle marine battery and an inverter. It is good for about 2
nights, maybe three. It depends on how long I want to sleep. I can
easily get 18-20 hours on a charge. I carry along a portable charger. At
summer camp I can recharge my battery halfway though the week.
I'm diagnosed borderline severe, 25 apneas/hour.
My CPAP has gone with me on trips all over the USA and even to Mexico. I
keep it in a waterproof floatable drybag when on canoe trips. I pull
everything behind me on a sled during snowshoe trips. It's a nuisance,
but it doesn't keep me from many Scouting activities except maybe
There are also solar powered chargers on the market, but I haven't tried
those out yet. I've got a long canoe trip coming up and have to decide
between a solar powered charger or bringing along an extra battery.
I always try to keep the portages as short as possible. :-)
Scoutmaster Troop 33
On Wed, 24 May 2000, John Tudor wrote:
> Fellow listers,
> I remember reading on this list some time ago several postings from scouters who had sleep apnea, and were being treated with CPAP. Particularly how they dealt with while camping.
> I failed to save that information, and now could use it myself. I have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and will be returning to the sleep center for another night to be fitted for CPAP.
> Would anyone who has experience with this as a scouter and camping please let me know how you deal with this? Do you use an automobile battery and inverter, or a special battery pack? Do you not worry with the CPAP machine on short (1 or 2) night trips? Do you avoid long trips? Any information would be appreciated.
> If you wish to mail to me privately, I will post the compiled information to the list if there is any other interest.
> John Tudor
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