Thursday, May 28, 2009

SLEEPING LIKE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Well since I have been having issues with my heart
and complaining to the dr. about my fatigue he decided
to send me for a sleep study. I have been reading about
how people with heart arrythmias like mine are susceptible
to all sorts of other disorders and sleep apnea is one of them.
I first met with the dr. doing the sleep study and he
talked with me and told me what to expect when I
came back to stay all night for the sleep study.
I made my appt. for my fun filled sleep over.
Before I had to go I had to fill out this long questionaire
about my sleep habits and had to chart a week of my
sleep pattern showing all the times I wake up in the night.

I arrived at the sleep center at 9:30 at night with my pillows
and my overnight bag packed. I was a little anxious about
sleeping in a strange place and bed. They finally called me
back to my room and I had to change into my pj's and get
comfy in a chair for the hour long hook up with all the
wires and straps. I felt like Hannibal Lector in the movie
Silence of the Lambs.
I asked them how in the world am I suppose to sleep with
all these wires hooked to me and it was hard to get comfy
in the bed. They had me take an ambien sleep pill to help
me get to sleep. Now I am not one that likes to take sleeping
pills and especially ambien because I have heard stories
from people how they did weird things in their sleep when
they take it. I told the nurse that if I start doing funny things
in my sleep like say maybe dancing around the room then
I hope they would wake me up or something instead of
just sitting there laughing at me. She assured me I would
be ok and just relax and go to sleep. I was still thinking
about how hard it will be to sleep with all these wires
attached and also having someone watch you sleep
all night that is kinda creepy.
I finally got to sleep and before I knew it they were waking
me up saying I did good. They finally unhooked me which
took almost as long as hooking you up. I had alot of sticky
goop in my hair where they stuck electrodes in my scalp
to monitor the brain waves while you sleep. I wonder if
they could see what I was dreaming LOL?
I was thankful they did let you shower there to wash the
goop out of your hair. I asked them if I did anything
strange in my sleep from the sleeping pill and she said
no I slept good.

I had to wait a week for the results and the dr. called
me and said I had a mild case of sleep apnea which
he said that I stop breathing about 10 times an hour
briefly and I wake myself up about 15 times an hour.
He said since I have heart issues that I would need
to wear a cpap breathing machine at night to help me
to sleep better. I was assured that by using this machine
I will feel so much better during the day and not be so
fatigued. We shall see about that.

I had to return to the sleep center again last week and
be monitored while I slept with the cpap machine. So
now I will have trouble sleeping there with being
hooked up to all the wires and also hooked up to
this breathing machine with a face mask which is hard
for me since I am claustrophobic and being watched again.
I had to take another sleeping pill so I could fall asleep and
it was hard getting used to all that air being forced in my
nose all night. They assured me I would get used to it
when I sleep at home with it. I am now waiting for the
medical supply place to deliver it to me. Hmm I wonder
if those face masks come in pink or purple LOL? might
as well add some color to my night look.

We found out that they will be sending Bobby soon for
a sleep study and I know that he definately will need
to have one of those cpap machines to sleep so we
will be a sight at night with both of us hooked up with
breathing masks on our face. I think we might just
scare the dog.

Here are a few pics of me at the sleep center.
me waiting to go to my room.
starting to get sleepy waiting.
all hooked up and ready for bed.
I didn't get a pic with my cpap mask on but when I
start using one at home I will take a pic of that.
I hope that it will make me feel some better during the day.

4 comments:

Sandra said...

what an adventure!! Hopefully Kiwi won't think the Cpap hoses are a new toy for him...

T Z said...

That's one scary adventure. Here's what's next: Someone driving by your house in the wee hours of the morning, hears Bobby snoring over the noise of their car radio, drives back by to investigate, peeks in the window, sees you two all hooked up on this machinery, calls 911 to report an alien invasion, Channel 6 arrives at the scene, LaToya stands in front of your house reporting live, and then Susan comes to the door in her pink PJs, to which LaToya then tells everyone it's OK, it's just one of my RunnersWorld sisters. What night!

Bobby said...

That's hot!

Chrissy (Cooper) Whitten said...

Praying that it works! The masks are sexy...you'll have to bedazzle yours! :)