Besides Sleep Ambivalence and insomnia, I am now also suffering from sleep apnea. How else would you explain being startled awake by a loud snorting sound? It’s not like I can blame it on the pet pig that I don’t have.
Maybe I’ve always suffered from this condition, or maybe Tess gave it to me, but it seems to have gotten worse. I didn’t have or notice this problem when I was smoking bud or taking medications. And now that I’ve diagnosed myself with apnea, my Sleep Ambivalence has also gotten worse. It’s a little scary thinking that while I sleep, I stop breathing.
A CPAP machine will not work for someone with severe facial pain, and I have no access to medications that might help. So, it looks like I am doomed to keep suffering. But don’t worry, you can’t die from sleep apnea, just like chronic pain can’t kill you — at least right away.
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(Photo taken 3/27/2015.)