A Health Update

Last Tuesday morning at about 5:30 a.m. I walked to a chorus of bird song from Goshen’s Sleep  Disorder Center.  I had entered the building at  7:30 the evening before.

Regular readers may remember that I complained of falling asleep in  church during the sermon, something that I have avoided through years of  attentive and sometimes critical listening.   “Joy” didn’t like it  that she couldn’t nudge me awake so she was ashamed, too. 

I took the problem to my nurse practitioner, and she suggested that I  drink coffee on Sunday mornings, but also checked my problem further.  She  gave me a gadget to check my breathing while sleeping, and the gadget report  sent me for a night at the sleep disorder clinic.

So I spent a night under constant camera surveillance.  I had  two belts around me and 26 tiny wires attached to me.  Most of the wires  were on my balding head to check my brain waves.  (The nurses said I have the kind of head they like to attach wires to.)

I dropped off into deep sleep about 9:45 pm and awoke about 2:30 am to go the bathroom.  I waved my hand as instructed and the nurse monitoring  my movements said, “I’ll be right there”.   She took  charge of my wires and released me for a trek to the bathroom where there was no  camera.

For the next two hours I contented myself by pondering the three  major events of the Sunday past as reported in the previous three blogs.   Then I fell asleep again only to be awakened about 5:15 to be de-wired and freed  to go home.

I have since learned that I have sleep apnea and should be fitted for  a CPAP contraption to use at  night.  My 93 year old brother sleeps with extra oxygen at night.   When we discussed the latest development he asked rhetorically “What did they do  before they had all these contraptions?”  We agreed quickly, “They  died!”  

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to A Health Update

  1. Vera Steiner says:

    I have several people in my family who use the C-pap! Most of them wouldn’t do without it; one had difficulty adjusting.
    You’ll likely feel more rested than you have in a long time!

    • Freda Zehr says:

      Martin, I had the same test with the same results several years ago.
      For some reason I had trouble adjusting and I gave up on using it.
      However I would suggest that if you do have problems, just keep up the effort. I wish now that I had, even though I am doing okay without it –I use those nose strips and for me they seem to help. Good luck with your endeavor!
      Freda Zehr

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