Devin and I have been married for 25 years. We said the typical vows on our wedding day. You know….for better or worse….in sickness and in health….till death do us part and some stuff I can’t remember.

As with most marriages, we have had our ups and downs. With four kids, eight moves, six job changes, seven dogs, too many cats to count, seven broken bones and more than our share of family crisis. I have recounted the vow, “for better or worse” many times. I always come to the same conclusion, no matter what, we are in this for the long haul!

Now that I have said all of that, let’s get to the real meaning of this post…..the meat of it…..snoring! THAT was NOT in the vows!!!

Ok, I will admit that I snore…a little….but NOTHING like the “core of the earth rumbling” that comes from Mr. wonderful. His snoring, in the past, has not really been a big deal until the last couple of years or so. As time roles on, it just kept getting worse and worse. With the snoring, came the sleep apnea…..the constant gasping for breath and irregular breathing….it was just all too much!

Finally, after many discussions and much pleading on my part, he agreed to go for a sleep study. He went to a special clinic where he was wired up with monitors and hoses and slept there over night. Sure enough, after it was all said and done, results showed he had sleep apnea and needed the dreaded CPAP or as we call it, the breathing machine.

[advance with me a year and a half]

Devin didn’t get the CPAP after he took the tests because he didn’t want to spend the money (remember, worlds tightest man?). He thought he would be ok without it. He was for a while but the lack of quality sleep took a toll on his over all health.

Finally, one day he came home with a smirk on his face and a box
under his arm. He walked into the bedroom and plopped the box on the bed and said, ” well, here it is, my breathing machine!” He was like a kid with a new toy.

That night, I crawled into bed with Darth Vader. I swear I thought I heard him say, “I’ve been waiting for you Obi-wan”.

He also looks like an astronaut. When I saw him rigged up for the first time I said, “Houston, we have a problem!”

Caleb thinks he looks like Gonzo from the Muppets.

Even though he resembles Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street, I don’t mind. The machine is actually very quiet. And with it, there is no more snoring! So, for the most part I can live with it.

There is one problem tho.

When I come to bed at night and crawl under the covers, Devin ALWAYS turns over and faces me. This drives me crazy because there is this steady stream of cold air that blows out of the face mask. The air is so cold and blows so hard it’s like a mini air conditioner blowing on the right side of my head! Seriously! It blows so hard that it literally parts my hair! I just want to reach up there and kink the air hose……is that mean? Instead, I just knock on his face mask and say, “you have GOT to turn over! You are freezing me to death!

Finally, after all of that, we both get a good night sleep and we both wake up well rested. I smile to myself and say, yep, for better or worse 😉 I do love that man!