superslacker87 wrote:I left for Iraq on the 28th of December, and so far no problems pertaining to having my CPAP. I had one night the power went out, but it could have been put back on almost immediately. Oh well, learn that after the fact. Other than that, only once did it go off, but it was back on within two minutes. Word of advice: Ship water before you deploy, and lots of it. Mailing it is bad. :) I lost about three quarters of a gallon overall from three gallons of water.
Since you went over in at the end of December, I'm guessing you are still there. How are things going with CPAP down range? I've heard of some problems and little support from the Army. I'm being boarded now and expect to be found fit. The whole process seems like a waste of time, as if they already know what they're going to do anyway.
One thing that people shouldn't be confused about. It does matter which branch of service you are in. The Army is desperate not to lose anyone so it is more likely to find a soldier fit who needs CPAP. Air Force is different, despite the fact that the AF could likely support CPAP down range. The Navy and the Marine Corps probobly have their own take....
Yeah, I'm still here. For another two months or so anyway. I have had mixed feelings about the whole CPAP while deployed thing.
Mar-Apr of 2006 (when I should have been on a T3, but wasn't), I went to NTC. I had power probably half the time I slept. I was a walking zombie.
Then I went through the med board process and was found FFD, and deployed over here, joining the rest of my unit. About two weeks after getting here (and five subsequent moves), my mask broke. That time, I had pretty much no help at all in getting a mask. The DME provider was being stupid, the RearD was next to no help for my wife, and I was getting no support from here either. It took about a month and a half to finally get a mask here. The whole time, I was on guard at night trying to stay awake, a difficult task when I do get to use my CPAP.
Then I went on leave, due to the added three months we got to stay over. When I got back, we had a fire break out in our truck, which my CPAP was in. This time, because it was a military accident, I had a lot more support in getting a new CPAP and mask. It came along with an added bonus - battery power - which was great considering how often the generators die when it gets hot. It took a month and a half again to get it, but I got more support this time, being moved to the day shift to help my want to sleep in the dark while I waited. I'm back on nights now, but at least I get good sleep.
All in all, three months out of about ten will be without a CPAP. Those combined three months were terrible, but I had almost no choice in the matter. I just reenlisted, so hopefully my new post and unit will be more tolerant to my medical needs.