Friday, March 14, 2008

We have CPAP!

I want to tell you that I was concerned about Roland's snoring for awhile. I wasn't very concerned though because the only time he seemed to actually stop breathing was when he fell asleep in a chair. Then one night I couldn't sleep, because he was snoring, and I really listened to his breathing. I noticed that there seemed to be a 4-breath cycle. He would breathe once deeply and then each of the next three would sound more labored, more like he was breathing through a closing tube. The last one sounded like he just wasn't getting in hardly any air. That would be followed by a gasp and a deep breath.

That's when I decided he had to go in. I figured it was mild to moderate sleep apnea, because he didn't really STOP breathing. The pause between the last most labored breath and the gasp was almost tiny. It turns out though that if you define breath as an activity that brings oxygen into your body then that last effort wasn't really a breath.

Roland got his results today. On his sleep apnea test, the one in which he doesn't think he slept much at all, he stopped breathing 160 times. One way that sleep apnea is rated has to do with how many "events" a person has per hour. Anything over 30 is severe. Roland had averaged 44.

He got good results on with the CPAP machine, so that is how they are treating it.

He called to tell me about it. He was very excited -- very.

And I said, "Aren't you glad you have a wife you insisted that you get it checked out?" He acknowledged that he was.

Which was good, because, you know, it is all about me.


  1. Yay, he will be amazed at just how much better he feels! I'm off to pack my dad a bag as he is in the hospital now. It's all about me too!

  2. I am so glad -- for all of you!

  3. I'm glad to hear the good news.


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