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[CPAP] Surviving night with machine kaput
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Surviving night with machine kaput
Gulp.
Struggling since May without much help (insurance wouldn't pay for proper sleep study and follow-up). Anyway, have been using Devilbiss Intelipap 2 and experimenting with various masks. Now on Medicare, have scheduled a sleep study with a new doctor for next month. However, my machine is giving me an error code tonight ("unknown power source") and will not operate at all. I'm a bit psychologically dependent even on my minimal good results so far.
Advice on facing a night with no machine?
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#2
RE: Surviving night with machine kaput
Try sleeping on your side or in a recliner. It won't be great but it's better than nothing.
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RE: Surviving night with machine kaput
Relax and do not get uptight or panic.  You know your condition so getting upset will not help the matter.  Attitude goes a long way.  In some sort of comparison (but not exactly the same situation)  I have been on asthma medicine for a long time and control it on daily medication, very rarely have I needed my rescue medicine because the regular daily meds keep it in check.  There have been a few times, however, that an attack triggered by an unknown source has caught be off guard without my inhaler.  but...

...knowledge is key.  Knowledge of your situation will get you through this temporary inconvenience.  Realize your situation and accept it.  get though it knowing that you will be OK helps.  Think positive.  Get comfortable.  This is how I get through my rare asthma attacks.  I know what it is and what is happening and I do not add to the condition by worrying about it.

I find that in less than ideal conditions that resting in a recliner is more comfortable for me.  Do not get upset that normal sleep may not happen.  Redefine your night slumber.  Whenever I have a restless night yet I need respite to be able to function at work the next day I redefine it for me.  Don't feel you need to get sleep, but relax and get REST.  Restfulness to relax enough to take several short "catnaps" when put back-to-back can make a relaxing condition to get YOU through the night without worrying so much about not getting so-called "sleep."

Put your mindset such that good "rest" might be just what you need.

I wish you a peaceful night and have NO doubt you will get it Smile
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Wisdom and kindness in responses. Thank you.
Well acquainted with recliner. 
How odd on this forum that I don’t see a smiley option with “zzZZZZzzzz”
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RE: Surviving night with machine kaput
Similar to what Walla Walla mentioned; I'd try the recliner if it works for you. Before I had any CPAP equipment, that's what I had to do at times to get some restful sleep. Wishing you find success.

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Thanks
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(12-12-2017, 10:54 PM)WOMB Wrote: How odd on this forum that I don’t see a smiley option with “zzZZZZzzzz”

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Depends on how long you can do without your machine. I could not wait for the doctor/DME to get all the appointments together and bought an S9 auto machine off of Craigslist. You could also buy one via Amazon. Neither requires a prescription, which is what will hold you up every where else.
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WOMB, you are getting an unrecognized power alert. This may be a simple malfunction of the power supply for your Devillbiss Intellipap2. I am seeing these online for $24 to $50. Get one on order. I'm sure it will be returnable if you find you don't need it. A power adapter is the most common part to malfunction which is why it is an advantage when it is external. This could be a cheap easy repair. If you have a Batteries Plus or other electronics store nearby, they may also be able to find an adapter that will match the DC output of your adapter.
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RE: Surviving night with machine kaput
Hi WOMB,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Good luck with getting your machine to work. Untill then, it sounds like your recliner is going to be your best bet.
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