Healthcare Stories | Alice Reed Morrison

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Healthcare Stories | Alice Reed Morrison

I have been on Disability since 2007 (age 54 to 64) because of chronic Lyme Disease and (untreated) severe sleep apnea. During this time I have had coverage through Medicare and Vermont Medicaid.

My severe sleep apnea problem is due to congenital factors: my facial bone structure, jaws, and throat passage are very small for an adult. I don't fit the profile of a sleep apnea sufferer, that of an overweight, middle-aged man. I have never smoked, am of normal weight, have done yoga for 33 years, and exercise regularly. Apparently, after menopause, one's muscle tone relaxes so the blockage of air in my throat got worse with age. Because I was unable to tolerate CPAP machine or dental apparatus, I had surgery within my mouth in 2007 to attempt to alleviate the apnea.  However, for me the operation provided no relief and I was never informed of any other possible remedies.

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