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homemade chin strap & a good night's rest

Posted by pepper on May 25, 2001 at 08:37:44:

aahhhh... For the first time in two weeks I slept all night through with my CPAP. I have a breeze mask and was told to use the med. size pillows. "DON'T use THESE." My DME said holding the large. After a couple of uncomfortable night's with very sore nares, I switched and bought a tube of AYR gel. No more sores. That still left me with my flappy lip problem. Tried a head band, and then tape, but niether option worked for me. Determined, I called my DME and asked if she would bring me out a chin strap. I was told that it would have to be a couple of weeks. So... I got my sewing machine out and came up with my perfect strap. I took a new sock out of a package that I had just bought. (ladies cotton/lycra. The type that doesn't show over a tennis shoe) Turned the sock upside down and put my chin in the heel. Then I marked with a pen how much sock I needed to cover my chin. Next I stitched and trimmed off the excess. Attached a couple of pieces of 1/2 in. elastic to the sides and sewed those together to form a headband. It works perfectly. It's not hot or confining. You can pull the fabric up a bit and cover the upper lip as well and still breath if needed. This may sound a bit scattered, but I was so happy that it worked, I wanted to share. Thanks to all you inventors out there. If I wouldn't have known that I was allowed to use my own smarts to make this work for me, I wouldn't have stuck with it.

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