Dr. Mansfield shares what went through his mind when he first met Peggy, a sleep apnea patient.
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Well, Peggy has severe sleep apnea and Peggy had many of the comorbidities or the complications of untreated, longstanding sleep apnea. One of the challenges in a patient that’s had it for so long is how do you correct the changes that have occurred over so many years or life? And the reality is we often can’t. When the damage is done often the damage is done and it makes it very hard to reverse those damages. So our goals become somewhat different – how do we make the patient feel the best she can, enjoy their life the best they can, have the least amount of further degeneration of the illness? So the first thing that went through my mind with Peggy is how do I make the best that she could possibly be? And I really feel we have accomplished many of those goals with her.