Everything changes when you become a grandparent. Our first grandson, Michael, was born two years ago and is such a great delight for us. Running around, going up and down the slides, and playing in the playroom we have set up for him — this is how I fill my days. And I love it. Of course, due to my sleep apnea, none of this would have been possible a few years before.
My father had sleep apnea before anyone knew there was such a thing. He was a heavy smoker, smoking two packs a day, so I figured his condition would never happen to me since I never smoked. But then my wife told me I was having the same episodes as my father — loud snoring and waking up choking. And like me, by mid-afternoon she would be tired and drowsy due to lack of sleep. It wasn’t fair to her. I had to do something.
After a sleep study confirmed I did indeed have sleep apnea, I was prescribed a CPAP machine. The mask was uncomfortable and the constant noise from the machine kept both of us up, just like my snoring had done. Not to mention that taking the machine apart, cleaning the hoses and filters, etc., was time-consuming and frustrating.