Has anyone experienced respiratory failure with their loved one?

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Two weeks ago, when the hospice nurse was checking on Mom, I asked her about Mom's breathing. At the time, she seemed to be breathing heavy (she was sleeping). The nurse said she had some apnea going on. That is the first time I noticed it. She would stop breathing for about 10-15 seconds. The nurse said she was sleeping (not unusual), but if she did it when she was awake, that could be a sign of respiratory failure.

Today, when Mom was sitting in her chair, I saw Mom's chest stop moving for about 9 seconds and then she started breathing a little faster and heavy. She was awake. The other thing that happened today, when we were coming back from the store, was that she started snoring. She was awake then, too. I seem to think both things are related.

I will call the nurse in the morning, but could it be the beginning of respiratory failure?? Has anyone experienced this?

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I forgot about my father. When his breathing slowed down we noticed a change in his color to more pale but not blue. His pulse also changed a few hours before he passed
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Mac, thanks. I wasn't asking about treatment, but what to expect. At 94, I know her body will be shutting down at some point. Sleep apnea is not the issue, it was the apnea while she was awake. I did talk to the nurse and she feels it is probably more of a decline and things may change in several weeks. But, everyone is different. I am just the kind of person who likes to know what to expect.
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Respiratory failure leads to death as the muscles cannot compensate but 2 weeks is a long time. Abnormal patterns are described by you but not enough tho say what causes it. It could be neuro vs cardiac, Cheyne stokes vs Biots vs central or obstructive sleep apnea that could be defined with a sleep study. But she is on hospice so is it worth perusing? In hospice, you are stopping short of treating new symptoms. Ten to 15 seconds is a pause and not apnea. We all do it. I would not worry about it
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My sister with ALS has been in that condition for years now. Caused by the ALS.
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