It’s time for a long-overdue shout-out to someone directly responsible for this site, and more importantly my day-to-day well-being. Yes, I’m talking about Angie Cummings. Not only is Angie one of the nicest people you are likely to meet, she’s also a Respiratory Technician and founder of Sussex Sleep Clinic in Sussex, NB.
It’s from her office on Milkboard Road (Seriously! You have to realize Sussex is a dairy town, and it all makes sense!) that she works to ensure her clients have the best sleep ever. With more than a little help from her assistant Donna, Sussex Sleep Clinic is changing lives. How do I know this? Simple. They changed mine.
It’s hard to say WHEN my sleep apnea started, but it’s been a long time. I naturally attributed my daytime drowsiness to the shift work hell I was putting my body through. No doubt that was a huge factor, but it wasn’t the only thing going on. Like most people with sleep apnea, I didn’t realize that my breathing was erratic while I slept. Someone mentioned to me that it sounded like I was dying, and I eventually asked my doctor about it.
That was the start of my love-hate relationship with obstructive sleep apnea.
I tried three different times over the following years to accept the fact that I would need to wear a CPAP mask while I slept. I was never able to find the right one. Time after time I would become frustrated and return the machine and vow to tough it out.
Big mistake. There’s no ignoring sleep apnea. You can live in denial and pretend that it’s not there, but it will continue to suck the life out of you, one night at a time.
Then a co-worker suggested I try Sussex Sleep Clinic. It was a bit of a drive, but he assured me that it would be well worth it.
What’s the Difference Between Sussex Sleep Clinic and the Others?
I knew almost immediately that I had finally found where I needed to be. The funny thing is, I hadn’t realized just how wrong the other places had been for me until stumbling upon Angie and Donna. What was the difference? They care.
My previous dealings with other Respiratory Therapists had been friendly and professional… but they felt more like financial transactions. I was being sold a product that would make me feel better. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. We do it all the time with other purchases. But when it wasn’t working, I simply returned it.
For the first time in this process, I feel like I am working with a healthcare professional, and not a salesperson. Yes, I am still purchasing a product, but that product is not a CPAP machine… it’s Angie’s professional expertise. She works with me to find the best solution. If I have a question, she answers it. If there’s a new mask on the market, she let’s me know about it. If there’s a problem, she fixes it. We are partners, working together to control the sleep apnea, so it does not control me.
And because of Angie, I have more energy. I am more alert. I don’t nod off at my desk during the day. I don’t have to worry about nodding off behind the wheel. I can concentrate better. (If any of this sounds familiar, please check out our article on Sleep Apnea Symptoms.) And I’m finally in a better position to deal with some of the other health issues on my plate, like losing some weight.
Would this have been possible without Angie Cummings and Sussex Sleep Clinic? Sure. But there’s no denying that I am far better off after having taken that initial drive to Milkboard Road, than I was before.
So thank you Angie and Donna. Thank you for the gift of proper sleep. 😴