Monday, October 6, 2008

The Wait Project


Back in March it was determined that I have Sleep Apnea. I have spent two nights in the sleep clinic and many appointments with the Doctor. Finally after 7 months I have been fitted with a C-PAP. It is not too bad. It’s very quiet and that surprised me. Unless I open my mouth while sleeping, in that case I start dreaming about the dam at Rimrock Lake breaking and I am camping in a tent just below it. You can hear big gushes of water lashing at the tent and you know you’re going to drown and be swept away. On and on goes the big gushing water sounds until it gets so frightful you wake up. It’s so real that you immediately think there is a horrible flood outside and jerk the mask off to look out the window and check it out. Oh, it was just the C-PAP. The water gushing sound was happening because I opened my mouth. Do not open mouth while sleeping or you will have to wear a chinstrap to hold it shut. That warning came drifting back to me. What if the mouth just flies open on it’s own? I guess it means a chinstrap, but I’m going to give it a little more time. I do sleep better and can sleep about 5 hours before I wake up. My test showed that I was waking up 26 times an hour and my oxygen level was 77. Anything would be an improvement over that I guess.