Friday, September 23, 2005
So many interesting things afoot...
Wednesday night, I had to have a sleep study. I'm always tired and wanted to find out why and what I can do about it.
I arrived there around 8:30 and they weren't ready for me. I sat and watched CNN until they called for me. They took me into a little room and glued electrodes all over me - to my face, my head, my collar bones, my legs...and when I say glue, I mean GLUE. It is not easy getting that stuff off your face - let me tell you! I was going to take a picture of this madness but I decided it would definitely somehow fall into the wrong hands and I'd see it on the big screen at some event in the future.
After I was all frankensteined up, they told me I could go watch tv in the sitting room with other patients. Um, no! They weren't all wired up like me and I didn't want to watch tv with strangers anyway. So I sat in "my" room and read until it was time for bed.
Then they do all these calibration things to make sure the wires are all working right and tell you to go to sleep. I'm a big toss 'n turner, so being covered in wires wasn't making for a restful night. They woke me up at 6:30 AM and told me to go watch tv until it was time for my "nap". I was supposed to stay there all day and take naps because for some completely unknown reason, after my initial consult, the doc thought I had narcolepsy. Yeah, the girl who can't sleep well anywhere but her own bed, can't sleep in moving vehicles, etc has narcolepsy? Gimme a break.
My first nap was at 8 AM. I did eventually fall asleep because I was exhausted and then they woke me and sent me back out to watch more tv. Luckily, I still had some of my book left so I finished that.
At 10 or so, they told me they were letting me go home but I had to come back again for another night. No diagnosis, no comments, nothing. I asked the receptionist on my way out and she said, "You have apnea." That was it.
Is it bad? No clue. Is it minor? No clue. Do I have to get a breathing machine? I think that's their point in having me come back another night. Will I actually use it? Unless I am going to die from this, probably not! I couldn't even keep a mouthgard in at night when they thought I had TMJ, how in the world will I sleep with a big mask strapped to my face and a hose attached? Plus you have to sleep on your back, which I just really can't do.
So, now I am irritated by the lack of info I have received, the fact that they want me to come back and that I can't get this frickin' glue off my face. Actually, I think I got it off but my skin is red and rough where it was. Stupid glue.
And to top all of this loveliness off, I have to go Minneapolis for work for a couple of days soon. Last time I went, we went to the Mall of America. Sounds exciting but unless you want to partake of Snoopy's Adventureland (not), not too much to do. King of Prussia is MUCH better in terms of stores and variety. So I have no clue what I can do to occupy myself during the off hours. Maybe I can watch $12 movies on pay per view in the hotel. Haven't see many new releases yet. Too bad the co. won't pay for that!
On a positive note, though, I am looking forward to heading up to Nan's tonight for a scrapbooking class and "Crop Club". I really like scrapbooking - I wish I had more time to do it. I haven't seen Nan in a while, so it will be nice to visit for a while.
Another good thing is that it looks like our church's Women's Retreat is coming together. We have had a good number say they were coming which makes me really happy, and it looks like the lessons are going to be great. I'm really looking forward to it! It'll be nice to have a weekend away, too!
So, ta ta for now!