Life with unknow disorder that now has a name: Sleep Apnea.
by Marcia DeGraff
Im a mom of 2 beautiful girls. Married to a great man.
My daughters are 12 and 8 yrs of age.
I just got diagnosed with sleep apnea 3 weeks ago. And the only reason for this to have happened now at my age is because I got tired of being elbowed by my husband and tossing around all night.
I have woken myself up with my own snore. Spend hours looking at the clock waking up every hour through the night.
So, after talking to my primary doctor, she told me about this sleep study... It wasnt very confortable but, it gave me the answer of why I have trouble with concentrating, why Im so tired ALL THE TIME, with my memory.. who knows, maybe my wight gain, and blood pressure is to be blammed as well.
I suffered my entire school life, got held back on 5th grade for failing... and I would try hard studying... staying up all night studying... but, when the test was right there on my desk, I started to sweat cold, and a total blank came to mind...and I literally, PASS OUT.
Cant even count on my hands how many times, I woke up at the nurse's office... my older brother was standing there to come pick me up. I have always thought I wasnt smart enough... when I knew, I wasnt dumb.
I know my parents had no idea about such a disorder...and if they did, they would have seeked help for me.
I think if I had had been diagnosed with this back then, my life would have been so different. My self steem wouldnt have been such an issue. And my grades, would have been much better.
Today as a mother of 2, I try my best to be informed of all I can, if they are struggling with something, I will try to help them to find a solution. No matter what it is.
I watch tv shows that I can learn from. Reading has never been my "thing" I struggled with since I was 9 yrs of age.
So, I usually, go for things I can watch. I can compreehend easier.
But, if the book has alot of educational information, I will read it. It just may take a longer time since, I have trouble with compreehending the first time I read it, and also being English isnt my first language, makes it a bit more difficult too.
The point is... if you think something is wrong but, you cant figure it out what could be... talk to people, find a doctor who maybe knowledgble and could lead you to the solution in time and keep you from living a life of so much difficulties that can be prevented.
I am so excited to pick my mask, my machine and FINALLY, get some REST. Im so tired of being TIRED. I want to have energy to keep up with my kids...enjoy life... LIVE.
I have even made my Dad, who has insomia, be curious about this sleep test which he had been asked to do it before and never did it.
A cousin of mine, also got interested once he asked me my symptoms and realized he has the same issues...
Im so glad I was the first one in my family to discover this and have my family members going after it too... even if they dont have APNEA, the sleep study will help.
That is my story. And hopefully, it will help you.
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