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BACK IN THE HOSPITAL


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LAST NIGHT, I HAD MY FIRST SLEEP TEST. THE HOSPITAL IS AN HOUR AWAY, SO MY WIFE AND I DECIDED TO DO SOME SHOPPING (OK, I WATCHED), AND GO OUT TO DINNER. AT 8:15, WE ARRIVED AT THE EMERGENCY ROOM WHERE WE WAITED FOR THE EVENING'S FESTIVITIES. THERE WAS A LARGE FAMILY, ALL ADULTS, THERE (12) WITH A VERY SICK BABY. AS WE SAT THERE, ONE OF THE GROUP RETURNED WITH FIVE BOXES OF PIZZA. THEY HAD A PARTY WHILE THE BABY SUFFERED. GOD FORBID THEY MISS A PIECE OF SAUSAGE.

 

THERE WERE 4 OF US SCHEDULED AND ONLY 2 SHOWED UP FOR THE TEST. SO RATHER THAN MY WIFE SLEEPING ON A CHAIR IN MY ROOM, THEY GAVE HER ONE OF THE SPARE ROOMS TO SLEEP IN. JENNIFER EXPLAINED ABOUT THE TEST AND PROCEEDED TO WIRE ME UP FROM HEAD TO FOOT. I COULD HAVE TALKED TO THE SPACE SHUTTLE.

 

I GOT INTO BED AND TRIED TO GET COMFORTABLE. I DECIDED FIRST TO WATCH TV. ABOUT TEN, I DECIDED I WAS PAYING TO SLEEP, SO I TRIED. I FINALLY DOZED OFF AND AWOKE REFRESHED. GEE I THOUGHT I SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT, ONLY TO DISCOVER IT WAS MIDNIGHT. AFTER SHE UNHOOKED 2 CABLES, I WENT INTO THE BATHROOM ALL WIRED UP. MY AIM HAD TO BE PRECISE, OR I COULD ELECTICUTE MYSELF.

 

SHE ASKED ME TO FALL ASLEEP ON MY BACK. I TRIED FOR I5 MINUTES TO NO AVAIL. AFTER 20 MINUTES MORE OF FRUSTRATION, I BURIED MY NOSE IN THE PILLOW AGAIN, AND FELL ASLEEP. SHE ALSO MONITORED MY ON AN INFRARED CAMERA.

 

AT 4:30 AM, I WOKE UP AGAIN, AND SINCE THE TEST WOULD BE ENDING AT 5, I GOT DRESSED, WOKE MY WIFE UP (OH GOD!!!), AND WE WENT OUT FOR BREAKFAST. THEN WE TOOK A SLOW RIDE UP TO SEE THE GRANDKIDS. AS I SIT HERE, I'M SO TIRED I COULD SLEEP AT LEAST A GOOD HOUR AND A HALF.

 

I GO BACK NEXT FRIDAY IF THE TEST SHOWS ANY INDICATION OF SLEEP APNEA. I GET A FULL REVIEW BY THE NEUROLOGIST JULY 19. AT THAT TIME I WILL POST ANY INTERESTING FACTS I FIND ON THE "MAIN BOARD".

 

BIG YAWN,

 

MARTY tired.gif

 

 

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Marty,

 

Glad you're back and glad you woke up a few times during the test. I hear it's not uncommon to sleep soundly during those tests, totally the opposite as some people do and then they have to repeat the test.

 

Jean

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Marty,

 

If you do indeed have Sleep Apnea and have on the CPAP machine, you will feel like a different person. You will have so much energy you will not know what to do.

 

Good luck with your results.

 

Charles

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Hey Marty. If you are put on a CPAP machine, notify yor wife that you are not on your way to the electric chair. My BIL used one and I swear I'd be laughing to myself each time I'd see it because that was what it reminded me of. I kind of feel it's not apnea. Of course, I'm not a Dr. but we know so many of them biggrin2.gif are "sometimes" wrong.

 

Good thing you don't sleep with a dog, 'cause they aren't alllowed. That can really mess someone up. Like Duh, why are you having trouble sleeping here?

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007:

 

Good luck on your sleep apnea test and results.

 

I had a sleep apnea test done three years ago. It was at a sleep center. I slept through the night, but the technician was ready to go to Wal-Mart to buy duct tape and rope. roflmao.gif He said he never saw a person that 'changed sleeping positions' EVERY 5 minutes.

 

Just wanted to share my sleep apnea story - No I was not trying to 'steal' your thread. nono.gif

 

 

Denny

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