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Dirne Gives Relief For Snorers, Apnea

It was Randy Parsons' children who first suggested his snoring might be worse than just its turbulent roar. “They were really concerned when I was sleeping, I was snoring at night and quit breathing,” the Coeur d'Alene resident said. “I couldn't get enough air, I kept waking up. I was getting two or three hours of sleep at night, tops.” Parsons was soon diagnosed with sleep apnea, a condition where an individual stops breathing repeatedly during sleep, depriving the brain of oxygen. But there wasn't much he could do about it. The best treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure) that helps individuals breathe during sleep. But the apparatus, with oxygen mask, can cost up to $1,500. Even with his insurance, Parsons couldn't afford one. “I didn't have the option,” the 57-year-old said. That is, until a couple months ago, when he discovered the new CPAP program offered at Dirne Community Health Center/Alecia Warren, CdA Press. More here.

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