Phil Redmond remembers waking up gasping for breath when he was 8 years old, but it wasn’t until he was in his 30s that he was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea.
Severe as in a study showed he’d awaken some 144 times a night. As in it caused his brain to swell, which led to a pituitary condition. Redmond knew he was in bad shape. Redmond — a musician and the son of Austin blues man Roy Redmond, who sang with James Brown and Ray Charles — used to play keyboards standing up. Then he had to sit down. Then he’d nod off in the middle of a gig.
The story you’re reading is premium content from the Austin American-Statesman. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
Read MyStatesman.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyStatesman.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to the Statesman for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In
For more information about the Patient Prescription Assistance Program, contact any of these Seton community health centers:
• McCarthy, 2811 E. Second St. in East Austin, 512-324-4930
• Kozmetsky, 3706 S. First St. in South Austin, 512-324-4940
•Topfer, 8913 Collinfield Drive in North Austin, 512-324-6850