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ZolliStar posted a discussion
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liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I've been doing well.  I think you were going to try the cpap without humidity- did that help at all?  I haven't had a cold for a couple of years."
May 14
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"CPAP seems to cause stuffiness in many of us.  ANother reason I hate it so much!Do you rinse your nose with saline once a day…maybe before you go to bed for the night? "
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do wake up stuffed up most days"
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do have non allergic rhinitis. Now I'm thinking that's probably it because I only feel that way for a day or 2. Thank you"
May 4
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I have been lucky.  Not one cold past three years. Could some of your problem be allergies?"
May 4
richard graham posted a discussion

sick again

It seems like I am sick with colds more often when I'm on the CPAP. Anybody experience that.
Apr 30
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
Apr 20
Clueless in Redwood Shores replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"I had it on the same outpatient basis.  Much pain, no long term gain.  I did not have the annual repetition - that might or might not have made the difference. "
Apr 20
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13
Basic question about flying with CPAP: are the airlines allowed to count your CPAP machine as a carry-on item? I know you're supposed to be permitted to bring it on the flight, but my question is whether it counts toward an airline's number of carry-on items permitted. I was flying this week, and got into a bit of a confrontation with an airline rep about my CPAP. Also, if the airlines are supposed to exclude CPAPs from the count of carry-on items, but refuse to, is there a place to report them as being in violation of the law? Perhaps the FAA?

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I have read that your cpap does not count towards your carry-on luggage. But getting it through maybe another story.

I hate to fly and have only done so once to see my son graduate Marine boot camp in San Diego. I ended up embarrassing myself and my daughter when we hit turbulence and I stood up and announced we were going down and may God be with us!! She still hasn't let me live it down and that was in August of 2000.
that story is precious. perhaps a more frequent flyer can weigh in on this ;-)

sleepycarol said:
I have read that your cpap does not count towards your carry-on luggage. But getting it through maybe another story.

I hate to fly and have only done so once to see my son graduate Marine boot camp in San Diego. I ended up embarrassing myself and my daughter when we hit turbulence and I stood up and announced we were going down and may God be with us!! She still hasn't let me live it down and that was in August of 2000.
sorry to tell you this but they are allowed to count it as a carry on item. i myself had the same situation a month ago for a trip to Vegas. not only do they count it you have to have the bag opened with the cpap broken down.
I have flown constantly with my CPAP, I strap the CPAP over the handle of my 22" carry on, and my huge purse in my hand, I go right through security. I slip the unit out and hold it until I catch someones eye going through security. They are ALWAYS wonderful and careful. On my last trip, there were four of us in the waiting area, and there was a lively discussion about face masks, and how wonderful we all felt. I have never seen medical equipment counted as a carryon, and if questioned, I would ask security for a supervisor immediately. Anyone announcing the fate of the entire airplane should be able to handle a new security person that doesn't understand that medical equipment is not "optional" and can't be checked. Loved the story.
so we seem to have conflicting info here: Royal says the CPAP machine counts as a carry-on, but Jeanne thinks it does not. anyone want to break the tie?

Jeanne Berry said:
I have flown constantly with my CPAP, I strap the CPAP over the handle of my 22" carry on, and my huge purse in my hand, I go right through security. I slip the unit out and hold it until I catch someones eye going through security. They are ALWAYS wonderful and careful. On my last trip, there were four of us in the waiting area, and there was a lively discussion about face masks, and how wonderful we all felt. I have never seen medical equipment counted as a carryon, and if questioned, I would ask security for a supervisor immediately. Anyone announcing the fate of the entire airplane should be able to handle a new security person that doesn't understand that medical equipment is not "optional" and can't be checked. Loved the story.
CPAP do not count as carry-ons. They are medical equipment. Here's a quote from the Department of Transportation Fact Sheet on "Steps Taken to Ensure New Safety Requirements, Preserve and Respect the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities"

The limit of one carry-on bag and one personal bag (e.g. purse or briefcase) for each traveler does not apply to medical supplies and/or assistive devices (including service animals and their equipment). Passengers with disabilities generally may carry medical equipment, medications, and assistive devices on board the aircraft.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has specific guidelines for going through the security gates with your CPAP on their website
great info. just so everyone is sure to see it, here it is in full (along with picture of your friendly airline security agent)

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machines

CPAPs are allowed through security checkpoints once they have undergone screening.

Passengers will be required to take their CPAP machine out of its carrying case and place the device in a bin for x-ray screening. Facemasks and tubing can remain in the carrying case.

In addition to x-ray inspection of your CPAP machine, a visual and physical inspection, and Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) sampling will be required.

To facilitate CPAP machine hygiene and cleanliness:

Once out of the carrying case, you can place your CPAP machine in a clear plastic bag before placing the device in the bin. You will need to provide/bring your own plastic bag.

Upon request, TSOs will change their gloves prior to performing the visual and physical inspection, and ETD sampling of your CPAP machine. The CPAP will need to be removed from the plastic bag by the TSO to conduct the ETD sampling.

Upon request, TSOs will clean the table where the ETD sampling will be conducted.

Upon request, TSOs will change the ETD sampling media before conducting the ETD sampling.

Daniel Levy said:
CPAP do not count as carry-ons. They are medical equipment. Here's a quote from the Department of Transportation Fact Sheet on "Steps Taken to Ensure New Safety Requirements, Preserve and Respect the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities"
The limit of one carry-on bag and one personal bag (e.g. purse or briefcase) for each traveler does not apply to medical supplies and/or assistive devices (including service animals and their equipment). Passengers with disabilities generally may carry medical equipment, medications, and assistive devices on board the aircraft.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has specific guidelines for going through the security gates with your CPAP on their website
Just put the cpap as carry on to the test at San jose airport and had no problems.
This is a tag required for the equipent stateing its medical equipment then is not counted as a carry on. The only place I have seen this tags is on ebay fairly resonable. Hope this helps
I've never seen the tag, and after doing a quick search on ebay didn't come up with it either. If you can grab a digital picture of it somewhere so we know what to look for, please post it.

bob kepler said:
This is a tag required for the equipent stateing its medical equipment then is not counted as a carry on. The only place I have seen this tags is on ebay fairly resonable. Hope this helps
When I was flying every week for a number of years with my CPAP even overseas with no problems as a carry on and was not counted as a carry on and I did not have to have a medical tag on it either. Just had to take it out so they would send it though by itself.
Good question. I am wondering the same thing as I will be flying this summer several times.

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