Staff: Hi, we’ve got Cathy here. Oasis File # 020740. How are you doing Cathy?
Cathy: Really good
Staff: That’s good. So tell me a little bit about what you originally came into the sleep clinic for? Where did it all start for you?
Cathy: I was snoring a lot. My partner was complaining that I was actually keeping him awake. I was tired during the day. I had quite labile mood swings. I was feeling quite down. I was going through quite a messy divorce at the time and the stress of working full time at the age of 51. Anytime I drank alcohol, I would snore all night long and to the point where my partner actually had to sleep in another room. So it was quite a big impact on my life at the time.
Staff: Yeah, and so how you know, did you find out when you came in and you received results from the sleep test to realize that you had you know obstructive sleep apnea, what happened there, what happened from there?
Cathy: It was, it was a little bit of a shock actually to see that it was quite severe when I was lying on my back and that I was actually ethnic during the night. That made a lot of sense to me as I’m a health professional and I was falling asleep at work trying to do work on the computer and it was quite enlightening to know that there was actually something going on to start to work with.
Staff: Yeah, to get the answer. Okay, and so we put you on a sleep up trial which ran for three weeks and how did you feel after that after that you trial and even up until now? How do you feel from using the therapy?
Cathy: Yeah, it was absolutely amazing, the first week I was literally bouncing out of bed in the morning and even yourself was quite amazed that I was getting eight hours quality sleep and the difference in my mood in my ability to cope with stress, the resilience that I had was just phenomenal. It gave me the courage I think to challenge everything that I had to do during the day.
Staff: Yeah, and so you stopped falling asleep at the computer at work?
Cathy: Absolutely, I stopped falling asleep and that I was more productive. I was getting my work done more efficiently so my brain was functioning better.
Staff: And you were able to help your patients.
Cathy: That’s exactly right.
Staff: Well, that’s awesome Cathy. Well, thank you for today.
Cathy: Thank you!