I am a 55 year old male from Boston in East Anglia, this is a brief synopsis of my condition Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, from diagnosis to treatment
I want to tell others about Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, for at least 35 years I was terrified to go to sleep, I would stay awake for days on end until I would go unconscious with sleep deprivation. I always had the most awful dream of drowning, so vivid! I had to fight to wake up ( and I mean fight ) I knew I was “dying”, I would wake with such exhaustion. I would do anything to stay awake, anything!!
I have other serious health problems and went to see my GP about 4 years ago, by chance I happened to tell him this story thinking he would laugh at me and send “me home with a flea in my ear”. With astonishment he said to me I think I know what is wrong, I am going to send you to see someone who I think can help you, this Gentleman’s Gentile MAN was Mr Oko, within a period of 10-15 minutes Mr Oko made me feel very welcome and at ease, his patience was endless, after the “examination” he sent me home with an attachment which I wore for 24 hours took it back and waited for my next appointment.
When I went for my next appointment, and may I say with some trepidation and fear, my fears were not only bourne out, they were far worse than I could take in. Mr Oko informed me that whilst I was asleep that at least every other minute I stopped breathing I was a “tongue” swallower, though he quickly reassured me straight away that he could help.
Mr Oko showed me how to use a C-Pap machine and that it would take a few weeks to get used to it. I remember thinking on my way home “silly bugger, who could ever think I could sleep with this on my face, it will never happen”!! But I thought well try it and see, initially I would try different face masks, I would pull them off when I dozed off, I would gag but through the next weeks and months I got nothing but 100% support off Mr. Oko and his team. Now those who use the C-Pap machine will realize how serious my condition is when I tell you that my settings are 18-20.
I am use to the machine and have been now for about three and a half years, we are really “quite good friends”:-) I brush my teeth, wash my hands and face, pull the duvet down, put my mask on and get into bed. I am usually asleep in about 60 seconds and get a good 10-12 hours sleep and my dreams when they happen are all Fantastic, ones I want. Now I sleep on clouds, amoungst the stars, in the heavens.
The Great news for those who are new to this condition is that it is NOT “quackery” it is medicine and IT WORKS 100%, all you have to do is, Do what Mr Oko asks and I will make you a promise DO IT AND YOU WILL BE AMAZED. We have a Great Doctor and Surgeon that the whole of medicine should be very proud of. Mr Oko has a fantastic team, through the reception team, his secretaries and not forgetting his nursing team oh and of course the tea machine.
Please, please if you are patient, thoughtful and kind remember, you will get 10 minutes if you need or half an hour if you need, no matter how grumpy you are or how lousy a day you may have had, “just smile a kindly hello” as this team will always be there for you as they have been to me! I respect each and everyone of them, YOU ALL CHANGED MY LIFE, THANK YOU ALL (“my living Angels”).