Sorry to start Christmas with breathing news.
But I woke up at 3:53am today and started coughing really bad which is now how I trigger an episode of not breathing. I sat up, then walk out to the living room and just waited for it to pass. This time it went on for about two minutes and I was able to get enough air in by whooping it in. But then after it passed it came right back again. This time it passed in about a minute and I have been sitting up for an hour and feel like I can maybe go back to sleep. I think I know what the problem is. I can't clear the phlegm from my throat. And I do have what is euphemistically called a cough assist......... In Wisconsin! But I did anticipate a few days ago I might have this problem. So I reached out the slowest responder ever via text (I am not kidding, this guy has taken ten days to respond to a text from me) about a week ago and requested he come by my house in Madison after the first of the year and show me how to use the cough assist. So, Merry Christmas to all!