For 24 years I've listened to him gasp, groan and sputter. I've learned to live with it and over the years, learned to laugh about it.
His fishing partners have called me a saint for putting up with his snoring. They've tried earplugs, mass quantities of alcohol and other means to try and avoid Gary's snoring. A little frenchman who went on a hunting trip one time said with disbelief..." I've nevva seen anyting like it... he snore on de exhale and de inhale!"
It wasn't funny anymore. As I lay at night listening to him.... his breathing would stop or get very shallow.... almost non existent. Then he'd gasp and start breathing again.
His doctor wanted to do a sleep study a long time ago but we kept denying it because of money. We couldn't deny it any longer.... I think Gary's life depended upon it. I am scared for him.
He failed the sleep study miserably..... diagnosis.... severe obstructive sleep apnea. His O2 saturation dropped into the 70's in his sleep and he had over 28 apnea events in a few hours.
Last week a home medical technician came and fitted him with his mask and BiPap machine.
What a difference. The first night... I woke in a panic to silence. I thought he had died.... but he was sleeping peacefully.... the machine making a very faint inhale and exhale noise.
Tonight makes the 6th night with the machine and I think its already making a difference. Gary is not falling asleep at 3pm at his desk. He is awake after supper and watching TV on the couch. It's totally freaking me out. It's almost as if he is a different person.