Over10,000 PAPillows are helping people sleep better and achieve CPAP success. Many loyal PAPillow users are sending in not only their praise, but also pictures and stories. We appreciate knowing how many people are benefitting; we encourage you to share your success stories and pictures! Email yours to firstname.lastname@example.org
I only had my CPAP machine about three weeks before my husband and I were scheduled for a five-week trip to Egypt in early 2008. I was frantic because I had soon discovered that I couldn't use a regular pillow with my nasal mask. I kept digging my nose in and dislodging the mask when I slept, thereby creating leaks. What was I going to sleep on in Egypt? And if I couldn't sleep, how was I going to enjoy my trip?
In surfing the Internet, I chanced on the PAPillows. In desperation, I sent my husband out in a raging snowstorm to get both the large and small pillows. My criteria: a pillow that didn't collide with my mask and would fit in my small suitcase. To my delight, the small one did the trick in every respect. That pillow has now seen many exotic locales: Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria, and Abu Simbel. However, I always wondered what the hotel laundry people thought about the pillowcase when I sent it in for washing. Did they think it was some kind of weird underwear? Did they think we had kinky habits? Who knows?
Claire H. Ottawa, Ontario
While on a tour to Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, Bernadine introduced the PAPillow to the Sphinx.
When I learned that up to 70% of adults with Down’s Syndrome have sleep apnea, I thought about my sisters life long sleepiness. She was always tired and would fall asleep on even short car rides and while watching TV. Her sleep study revealed severe sleep apnea, with her oxygen level falling as low as 38%. I was very concerned that she might have trouble adjusting to cpap, and bought her a PAPillow to make sure she had every opportunity for success. She quickly learned to fill her own humidifier, apply her mask and snuggle into bed with her PAPillow. Our whole family was amazed with her new found energy! We only regret she wasn’t diagnosed years sooner and suffered untreated apnea for so many years. I would like to encourage any reader who loves a person with Down’s Syndrome to have them tested for sleep apnea!
I could sympathize with her fatigue, as I frequently had insomnia related to arthritis and fibromyalgia pain. To relieve my neck and shoulder pain, I also bought a PAPillow. I loved it from night one. A year later I had my own sleep study and was prescribed cpap. Because PAPillow was already part of my nightly sleeping routine, I did not have the difficulty adjusting to sleeping with my mask that so many others do.
As a member of the Western Delaware tribe, I was sad to learn that Indian Health Services does not treat sleep disorders. While a few progressive tribes will pay for diagnosis and treatment through other tribal revenues, most Native Americans who rely on I.H.S. for their health care, will remain undiagnosed and untreated. I challenge every Native American Indian to advocate through their tribal governments to include diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea as a compliment to the tribes’ efforts to reduce the high incidence of diabetes and heart disease.
Submitted by and used with permission of Anne and Terrie, Western Delaware sisters
TAS members Lisa and Rich sent in this amusing story: My husband discovered your PAPillows 2 years ago, soon after he began using his CPAP machine. He bought two Doubles and a MiniEdge and always takes one of the Double Edge when he travels. Last fall we set out on a 3-week road trip to New England in our new Mazda Miata, which is a 2-seater with a very small trunk. We limited ourselves to one 20-inch duffle bag each and, of course, my husband's CPAP machine. Surprisingly, there was enough room for each of us to add ONE luxury item. I took a second pair of shoes, but my husband got along with just one pair so he could take his PAPillow! He loves it! Lisa C., Olathe, KS
This is my dog Willie. A beloved member of our family, she is old and naps a lot. She confiscated my PAPillow shortly after I received it. Not having the heart to take it from her I ordered another just for me and this time with an extra pillow case made of satin. Darned if Willie didn't make it quite clear that she liked the satin case and so that too became hers. In our house, we call it her PUPillow.
Joe A. from Pennsylvania