In late December, I found out I have severe sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. In my case, I’m consider “severe” where I stop breathing every minute. This explains it all why I have been so tired during the day lately which include taking a nap during my lunch hour at work almost everyday. This has been going on for over a year.
Apnea means “not breathing”. My doctor told me, “I could die in my sleep” if not treated. At that point, I gasped for more air to breath in trying to understand this diagnosis. Anyone who has this condition have to have a machine CPAP to help them breath at night–to achieve a well rested night. That’s what I have been lacking for years, a well-rested at night. The only problem is most people with CPAP machine use it very little at night because of how uncomfortable they are to wear at night. Most of them give up. At first, I was anxious to use the very first night. After a week of wearing them, I felt more tired the next day. That’s because I keep waking up in the middle of the night and have to constantly adjust the strap in my face in order to breath properly (inhale/exhale) Only to take them off most nights. It’s seems–it hopeless to keep using it if it meant I get more tired the next day. So I stop using it for a week now. But then my doctor recommended that I keep using it for at least 5 hours a day, 5 days a week until surgery.
For now, I have to wear it–in case my health insurance wants to know, how often I use it daily. Otherwise, they might not approve my surgery.
What type of surgery?
It’s called Maxillomandibular advancement MMA. It’s basically cutting my jaw (top and lower) to move it forward. It’s a major surgery which will take months to fully heal.
I began researching this procedure and trying to find out more about it, it terms of the negative side effect post surgery and recovery. It appears there about 80% success rate to cure apnea. Some website have it in 90% range. I’m cautious, but optimistic.