Well not really but at least happy to know, after years of struggle, there may be an answer to my lack of energy, chronic depression, constant pain, extreme fatigue, high blood pressure, weight gain, poor concentration, insomnia and even my inability to dream. Sleep Apnea is the culprit and today I found the machine I will get to help with breathing at night could be a solution to all these maladies.
When I went to my doctor a few weeks ago I explained that although I’m only supposed to talk to her about one problem per visit that I was tired of all the same problems and no solutions. I said that for someone who is relativly healthy I thought I was in pretty bad shape and I wanted her to take an aggressive approach to finding a solution.
We have tried so many things over the years. Treating the depression and high blood pressure have been on the list often and for about 25 years. Now that I look back I think the BP issue started about the same time my kids started bugging me about snoring. Treatment of other symptoms like lack of sleep and pain were pushed in with the depression issue. To me and likely to my doctor it was beginning to all seem like it was in my head which on the surface may seem funny but it is very troubling to believe you might be imagining all this bad stuff happening in your body and that you really have some control over it.
Today when I heard that when I’m sleeping on my back I stop breathing almost every minute I realized it’s not in my head. It was a little frightening to hear that because I tend to sleep on my side the overall numbers were lower but in 5 hours of sleep I woke up 4 times and stopped breathing an average of about 20 times an hour.
And I wondered why I was tired all the time.
Now I have to return for another sleep test and then will have to wait about a month to get the machine to support my breathing at night but I heard from the doctor today and from others who have gone through this that my life is about to change. I’ll give you an update on how it goes sometime before Christmas.
I can hardly wait to feel like getting up in the morning. I’m sure no one else in the house will miss my snoring. The only thing I might miss is hot milk at 2:00 a.m. and conversations with other Facebook friends who can’t sleep.