Friday, September 28, 2012
My husband was recently diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea. It sounds like they caught it just in time! Oh my! He's felt so deprived of sleep for so long now, that he can hardly function in the day and has had to take a couple of good naps each day. He's now on his first bit of rest with the machine. We got trained on it this morning. We're hoping that this will be the answer to his troubles. They say that with Sleep Apnea going on without the machine, it can really cause the heart and lungs to get harmed. Scary! His noisy sleeping or lack of, has had me be in the guest room for around 10 years or so. Wow, will it ever be nice to get back together again. It's been tough on us, but didn't know what else to do! The nurse said that it can really run in families and if it's on both sides, it all the more. Alot has to do with the size of the neck too. My husband comes from a family of very tall people, large boned! We feel so thankful that he's getting help and that he's alive! There was a man locally that passed away during the night because of this. So sad! There's more and more people getting helped because they're becoming more aware of this being quite serious and that there is help for it and there didn't used to be! This is just to make everyone more aware of how scary it can be and how we don't want to lose our spouses or any of our loved ones! The nurse told us of one 12 year old boy who was diagnosed and treated because he couldn't play football because of being so tired all the time. He tested to have Sleep Apnea, one of the worst cases this nurse had ever seen and now he's a star on his football team! WooHoo! Hugs to all, Karen
ps...........my husband's father passed away at age 44 years, of colon cancer. He was a farmer and was so horribly exhausted the Fall before he died, and could hardly get the crop in. He died that next Spring. This made my husband and I so sick that this could happen to him, but we felt comfort with knowing that he does get his colonoscopies as often as the Dr's advise! Whew!