My husband was diagnosed with sleep apnea in October 2013. After spending 6 weeks in Linmed Hospital, a nasal operation and close constant care of a excellent specialist, Dr. S Sheik at the Linmed and a R130 000 medical account of which R68 000 was spent on tests after tests.

Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping. Breathing pauses typically last between 10 to 20 seconds and can occur up to hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. As airflow stops during a sleep apnea episode, the oxygen level in your blood drops. Your brain responds by briefly disturbing your sleep enough to kick start breathing—which often resumes with a gasp or a choking sound. This chronic sleep deprivation results in daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes, poor concentration, and an increased risk of accidents. Sleep apnea can also lead to serious health problems over time, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain.

At one point in hospital Nols's blood pressure count was 209/143. For those of you that do not know, if the top one reaches 210 a person is in grave danger, because at 210 the arteries in your heart can explode and you die. This all caused because of sleep apnea.

I am actually writing this to say a BIG THANK YOU to Johan van Wyk, a pharmacist at Ackermans Pharmacy, who literally saved my husband'a life by making it possible for us to purchase the CPAP machine that now assists him in breathing while sleeping. This machine is normally R12 000, and we do not have that kind of money. Johan gave us options, that literally saved my husbands life. Last night was the first time he used the machine, and this morning he was up and going. Not falling around, moody, sluggish, he did not have a headache and his body was not in pain.

My biggest fear was that one morning I will wake up next to a corps, people this is a reality if untreated.

Have yourself tested. Research this on the net. You can find Johan and more info on this chronic illness on

Morgan Jordaan


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