I have sleep apnea, a condition that stops me breathing several times per hour, per night. Besides being terrifying, this has severe implications for heart health, risk for diabetes, increases depression (which, as you know, I suffer from chronically). It also decreases energy and significantly impairs my functionality during waking hours.
The only treatment, besides weight loss (which is made significantly more difficult by the apnea itself due to decreased energy and decreased metabolism) is a CPAP machine. I have been unemployed since April 2019 and cannot afford the machine. Going the government hospital route is also not an option as the waiting list is almost a year long. I have, hugely thankfully, been donated a machine by someone who no longer needs it, but I’ll have to get a service done and update outdated or worn accessories like tubing and face masks.
Please help me to breathe.
For those in SA, my bank details:
Account: 00 1 (798) 839
Thanking you in advance