I have had changes in my health in the last 8 mo that have affected my sleep performance, PT, and overall ability to stay alert and focus on my tasks. My blood pressure is elevated my heart rate is elevated as a result of sleep apnea. I am here at the CBHCO working as a Cadre member where our mission is making sure SM (service members) gets there required treatment. I feel that I should be treated in the same regard when it comes to my medical condition. I have a diagnosis of moderate to severe sleep apnea and have given my chain of command plenty of time to prepare for the surgery. Yet I am put off and put off then the CO denies my surgery. I have had the surgery scheduled since 10/27/2006. I informed my chain of command of the surgery dates and times of CONLV (convalescent leave) on 10/27/2006. Once I received the confirmation, I then started inquiring for the information on how to take CONLV and what else was needed from me or my DR. I was told by SSG Finsness that the CDR may not approve it because of a shortage of personnel in the office to cover down while I was gone. I was never given a definite answer, but instead of an answer my NCOIC made a plan and submitted it to the CDR, as a means of covering my work load while I was gone. I felt positive about SSG Finsness and his attempts to cover my work load he had a workable plan that was agreed upon by everyone in the ADMIN section, including the 1SG. As a whole, we are understaffed. To add to this complaint another cadre member was allowed to have the same surgery on or about 12/21/2006. We as a section are more capable of covering the work now, than covering it later after losing a Cadre member in JAN07 and another FEB07 both from the ADMIN section leaving the section down three personnel as apposed to two in the current situation. Due to my recent diagnosis of moderate to severe obstructive apnea and low oxygenation during sleep I suffer from congestion and difficulty breathing. Causing fatigue during daytime hours difficulty functioning and affecting my overall mood and performance. At this time this is my best option for resolving my medical condition. I still don’t have any clear cut guidance on the date and time I will be allowed. I was informed that the last two weeks of my mission. I have a follow up three weeks after the surgery.