Face shapers and rubber hoses?! What kind of torture is this?

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10/18/2010

Does anyone remember Welcome Back Kotter? The old 70s sitcom set in a high school classroom with a very (very) young John Travolta?

One of the characters, I think his name was Horshack, used to use the phrase "up your nose with a rubber hose" when somebody said something he didn't like (or something like that).

THAT, my friends, is what popped into my head when I saw the tweet "Price Cut! 10 Foot Extra Long CPAP Hose with Rubber Ends."

I don't meant to make fun of the sleep apnea afflicted, truly I don't, but sometimes CPAP stuff just makes me giggle. I mean, who wouldn't want their very own ten foot rubber hose to sleep with? I know I'm jealous.

The other CPAP related tidbit that had us chuckling here at HME News world headquarters: a study that finds CPAP masks may change the shape of a patient's face. The cartoon possibilities that could have created for us, if only we'd known in time. When patients complain the mask is uncomfortable, I guess they aren't kidding.

With news like this, it's really impressive that providers can get any of their patients compliant—even without the threat of a rubber hose.

Theresa Flaherty

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It's good to know that eventually the patients face will fit the mask! LOL...we just have to get them to keep wearing it until it does! Can't you hear me saying, "It's ok Mr. Jones, just keep wearing the mask, eventually your face will change shape and the mask will fit, then you can get a good night's sleep!"