A Newsbug report tells the story of Walt Michalski, a teacher suffering from chronic fatigue who was diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed CPAP therapy.
There were many factors that prompted Walt Michalski to talk to his doctor about a sleep study.
Michalski, who is currently serving as a staff member of the American Federation of Teachers and is on leave as a special education teacher from the Upper St. Clair School District, was worried about diabetes and had been dealing with a weight issue for a long time. But it was the chronic fatigue that really worried him.
Every night, Michalski, 55, would fall asleep while watching television. Despite dozing more, Michalski found it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, and he was low on energy throughout the day and found it hard to complete normal day-to-day activities.
“It sort of crept up on me, then I realized it was happening more often than not,” he says.
When his fatigue became overwhelming, Michalski reached out to his physician, Dr. John Bobby. Bobby, who practices with Preferred Primary Care Physicians, recommended Michalski participate in a home sleep test through Preferred Primary Care Physicians’ Sleep Disorder Center.