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robin wrote:
I just hope there's no urinary incontinence on the horizon. Group members who have the Tempur-pedic mattresses that circulate in our group pay big $ to an upholstery cleaner to get the urine out of the mattress.
I don't understand. Our King size Tempur -pedic came with a plastic lined terry cloth cover... which is similar to the ones I use under Dale. It is clear to me that the plastic would prevent getting the mattress wet ... unless someone forgot to put it on the bed. I don't recall that we paid extra for the cover - but I guess that's possible.

I've always used a mattress cover ... on every mattress.

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Leone Carroll (75); wife of Dale (75) who passed away March 23, 2011


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I'm sure most people use mattress covers but not everyone uses plastic mattress covers. They retain a lot of heat, for one thing.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:58 pm
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Aren't the pads that you used under Derek waterproof on one side? I don't know if that's plastic... Maybe I'm using the wrong word.

They are OK in the dryer and so is the mattress cover OK in the dryer so maybe it's some other kind of waterproof fabric.

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Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:25 pm
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Yes, I used quilted mattress covers with waterproof layers on his bed. I'm just saying that most people [non-Lewy adults] probably don't used waterproof mattress covers. We used a quilted lambswool mattress cover when we shared a bed.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:48 pm
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Post Re: For bed partners of RBD sufferers
I've always used mattress covers on all my beds, but I didn't start using waterproof pads on our bed until I hit menopause. :oops: All I can say it that they've come a long way since the ones I used on by boys' beds.

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If you buy [at Wally World, for instance] those big quilted pads with the waterproof backing which go easily into the washer and dryer you will save yourself a lot of laundry. Derek still used those at the SNF in his bed, w/c and recliner and I take them home with the rest of his laundry.

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I bought a really expensive mattress pad for the mattress I bought just prior to the Tempurpedic. It seemed like it was waterproof on one side and sort of fuzzy on the other side. I haven't been using it since we got the Tempurpedic which replaced the other expensive pillow top mattress we had for a week that got a permanent depression in the middle after only a few days. Anyway, that mattress pad seemed like it would protect a mattress well. Luckily that isn't something I've needed to worry about. Lynn

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Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:14 pm
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Thanks, Everybody, for explaining this more.
Now if I can just find a platform bed somewhere. Any ideas on where you can find these at a decent price?
I am wondering if even a regular twin mattress on a platform would work. Then I could set them side by side to make a king size look.
On our trips to Europe I remember that some hotels had this kind of setup, and I always slept better and could not feel John moving around like at home.
Any thoughts about this?
Pat

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Pat, in our winter house in AZ we had twin beds pulled together as a 'king' bed and it was the most comfortable bed we ever had.

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They also sell twin bed frames that hook together at the top that can attach to a headboard and seperate at the bottom to come apart for easy bed making, many people will use seperate twin sheet sets then use king comforter on top of both or a bed spread whatever they choose

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Every bed store I went to last year had the platforms as well as box springs. They came in different depths too, so if you got a really thick mattress you could get a platform not very high so you didn't need to pole vault into bed. I don't know for sure, but I think that many people who get foam or memory foam mattresses use a platform because it doesn't produce movement like box springs, the only reason I bought a new mattress. Stopping motion transfer has made us both sleep better. Lynn

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marcia wrote:
the doctor prescribed gabapentin.
We began Gabapentin 300 mg tonight. I am hoping it will give Dale a restful sleep with no pain. Thanks for the recommendation, Marcia. How much does your husband take every night?

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