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Old December 8th, 2005, 11:42 AM
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I've been reading that the staterooms only have one outlet, and it's nowhere near the bed. My husband has severe sleep apnea, and needs to use a mask that's hooked up to a machine whenever he sleeps. It needs electricity to operate. Is this something we should let the cruise line know about? Will they be able to provide an extension cord, or should we take one with us? Any other suggestions on the matter? Thanks for your help!
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Bring along an extension chord, as well as a surge protector with mulitiple plug ins. Then you can run the cpap, while charging any batteries etc. as well.
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I also have it pretty severly and always pack an extension cord with multipule outlets on it. Only use it at night so it really does not interfere with anything. I do unplug it during the day and place it out of harms way, especially the mask.
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The extension cord and a small, 2 outlet, surge protector are ALWAYS in my CPAP carrying case. Hotels, cruise ships, and people's homes may not have outlets next to the bed or within reach of the power cord for the CPAP. Buy one and put it in the CPAP case and leave it there. You'll always have it when you travel.

Also, have a new filter available after you get home. It will still smell like the ship. Well that might not be a bad thing.

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Sorry if I'm going a bit off topic, but I thought that nowadays the machine was more of a stopgap measure for this dangerous and damaging problem. Can't it be treated and/or ended with a simple surgical procedure? Just curious...
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Mike -

Great idea about the extension cord and surge protector. I don't know that he's really travelled anywhere that hasn't had an outlet, but after this trip we'll just keep it in his bag. One other quick question that maybe you'll be able to answer - Does the machine count as his carry-on on the plane? (Delta) I may have to check with Delta.

jeph - I don't know for sure about the surgical option, but I think I remember that even though the surgery may stop the apnea, it's not as effective as the CPAP, and my husband could still snore afterwards. *I* love the machine because I actually get a good night's sleep when he's wearing his mask!
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Nickle:

The CPAP is necessary medical equipment and is not considered a carry-on item. (Don't let the flight crew try to tell you different. But don't try to push too many other carry-on items either.) You can still bring on your carry-on with it. However I usually put my laptop in my carry-on bag so I bring my CPAP and wheeled carry-on, onto the plane. Both of them go into the overhead compartment. The CPAP is much smaller than the carry-on and is in a great travel bag, so it is well protected.

I personally would think twice about the surgery I know a couple of people that went through the surgery. It was a lot of pain for not too great of results. On my personal side, I have lost 60 lbs. and I now rarely use my CPAP. It has made a world of difference. Then again, people snore for many different reasons.

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