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Cora11
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Curios to know what decision people have made regarding elevating the head of the bed. Did you buy an actual bed like a sleep number, use a wedge, build an incline, use blocks, or risers? Just wondering? Our doctor is insistent that we have something beyond a wedge to get a 30 degree angle.
Thanks,
Cora

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cher76
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We have an adjustable bed that is made by Sealy. We actually put two twin size adjustable beds together side by side and use a king size headboard/footboard. This way we can sleep at the adjustments that are comfortable for both of us. Sealy offers a choice of either latex foam or memory foam mattresses, and the beds can adjust both at the head and feet. We use twin size fitted sheets for the mattresses and a king size sheet for the top. This way we still feel like we are sleeping in the same bed. When the bed is made no one can tell it is anything but a king size bed. Hope this helps!
Cheryl
Wife of Rickie, dx Stage IV EC, Oct. 2010

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paul61
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Cora,

I originally slept using a wedge, a couple or pillows, and four inch blocks under the head of my bed. I found I could not keep myself from moving around in my sleep and sliding off the wedge. I would keep waking up every couple of hours in the wrong position. I finally purchased an adjustable bed that allows me to elevate both my head and my legs. This makes sleeping much more comfortable. I still kept my wedge for traveling but the investment in an adjustable bed was well worth it.

Best Regards,

Paul Adams
McCormick, South Carolina

DX 10/22/2009 T2N1M0 Stage IIB
12/03/2009 Ivor Lewis
2/8 through 6/14/2010 Adjuvant Chemo Cisplatin, Epirubicin, 5 FU
Two year survivor

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

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Daisylin
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Lee bought a wedge, but found it really uncomfortable. He decided instead to rent a hospital bed. Even though he's only used it twice so far, he really loved it. It has a memory foam matress and adjusts both head and legs. It cost about $150. A month, but i think that our insurance will cover that cost.
Chantal

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Cora11
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Thanks everybody for all the good tips!
Cora

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mruble
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Joined: Jun 2011

The wedge didn't work for my husband. He'd slide down during the night and frequently aspirated. I finally put a few pillows between the mattress and platform and that has worked very well. Personally, I think an adjustable bed would be a better way to go but he loves our current mattress and he won't consider changing.

Mary

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cjmac49
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Joined: Jan 2010

I bought a "bedge". http://www.bedge.com/

Works for me.

Jim

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Ginny_B
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I think bed wedges need to be purchased in combination with the knee risers. I have one that has the head very elevated and/or sitting up. Under the knees, however was a dome-ike half pillow. So if when the knees were over the hump and the head on the riser, I'd stay the whole night w/o moving and it was very comfortable. I think I paid $129 for the 2 pc set. Many folks have used it since.

Mom is using 3 pillows to prop and the leg lift pillow. Then beside her another pillow to hold the chemo pump.

joniebraviisan
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Joined: Dec 2012

I have a memory foam mattress and love it. I don't think its very hot, but then again my house is really cold even in the hot summers. The first night I didn't really like it but now I really, really love it. I have had it for about a year. One thing you might not know is that when they are advertised, it may say something like temperature controlled. Ect. That just means that the spot you have been laying in gets really soft and comfy. The rest of the mattress will feet a lot harder and harder to the touch. Hope that helped and made sense!!!
http://www.amerisleep.com

joniebraviisan
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Joined: Dec 2012

I have a memory foam mattress and love it. I don't think its very hot, but then again my house is really cold even in the hot summers. The first night I didn't really like it but now I really, really love it. I have had it for about a year. One thing you might not know is that when they are advertised, it may say something like temperature controlled. Ect. That just means that the spot you have been laying in gets really soft and comfy. The rest of the mattress will feet a lot harder and harder to the touch. Hope that helped and made sense!!!
http://www.amerisleep.com

NLMCEM
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Joined: Aug 2010

we bought a Tempur-Pedic and love it. It is two twin both adjustable and vibrate. They cost the same where ever you go to buy this. We buy our sheets at Bed bath and beyond as they have the xlong twin fitted sheets all year long that we needed. Then we use king top sheet and covers from our old king bed that wasn't old we just gave to our one son who needed an extra bed.
The cost was not as much more as others we looked at plus it has a 20year warranty.
Best part was a 5yr interest free financing.
This is so worth it for Nino and with my back and neck problems is also great for myself.
Nino disliked the raised old bed as so did I. The wedge was uncomfortable and pillows under his knees helped stop him from sliding but he then got to warm.
With the adjustable bed you can get whatever degree angle you need.
You say you pay $150 a month for a hospital bed?? Our cost is $125 for 5yrs on this bed plus 20yr warranty.
Hope this helps,
Carolyn

crogerdanny
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Joined: Jan 2013

 

About adjustable beds quite handy information I've found here. I've recently bought a adjustable bed and above mentioned everyone helpful tips helped me a lot to install my bed nicely. Thanks.

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jim2011
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I use a wedge and will soon be on an adjustable bed. Getting used to the wedge PLUS two additional pillows was great because I traveled a lot but now I am mostly at home and I think an adjustable bed will work good.

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