So, we went to the doctor today to get the results of test upon test upon test for my husband. Along with his thyroid condition, congestive heart failure, the 60% blockage in a neck artery, the extremely high cholesterol and issues we'd rather not discuss on the internet--he doesn't breathe.
Yep. A sleep apnea test revealed that he stops breathing
53 56 times every hour during sleep. That contributes to the reason he falls asleep alot during the day. Why fatigue is his buddy. Why he's forever taking short breaths all day long. And who knows? Maybe that's why God put a song in his heart that makes him whistle while he works. So what's a wife to do? Stay up all night and poke him every time he stops breathing? Why noooo. They have this air-compressor that blows air into people by attaching a stupid air-tight mask on his face. Uh, what happens if the electricity goes off? Will he wake up in time to pull that contraption off his face? Will he even be able to sleep at all with that thing stuck on his nose? Well, it really doesn't matter. It seems he won't need it.
Medicare doesn't pay for a compressor. So we're gonna wait and see how things progress or digress. Ha. Next Spring we'll test him again and see if he's gotten worse. (Since the doctor didn't bother to tell us how much one of those puppies would set us back, I figured I shouldn't bother to ask). Anyway, we finally had someone confirm that breathing is not essential for life. I'm glad. Since I no longer have to be concerned with whether or not my husband is breathing at night, because medicare says so, I should be able to sleep just fine. Don't you think?
My husband thinks it's great. He doesn't want to wear that contraption anyway. He's always had the philosphy that when it's his time to go, he'll go and when it's not, he won't. Now he figures when he wakes up each morning it gives him an even greater reason to be grateful for another day to spend with me. Peace of mind. Government regulations we can believe in. Healthcare we can trust. Gotta love life. It's so filled with irony. Don't ask me what I think of Obama's guaranteed insurance for every person in America. You don't want to know what I think. selahV