At long last, I persuaded Dear Husband to do a sleep test, and probably not a moment too soon! To get him to do it, I had to nag, brow beat, offer to do one, and MAKE THE APPOINTMENTS!! That’s all water over the damn now. I’m SO glad we did the tests.
I was sitting back smiling smugly as we listened to the consultant talk about the results, because I knew DH has much more apnea than I do. BUT, the doc knocked the wind out of my sails when he told me that I have a more serious problem with depleted oxygen levels. I’ll have to go back to the sleep center for further testing to determine just what kind of equipment I’ll need to use. I expect to be a new person once we get this straightened out.
Have you done a sleep test? I do not know how they can realistically expect you to sleep. First, they wrap two bands around your chest, to help hold equipment in place. Then they glue 23 leads to you: in the hairline around your face, across the top of your head, on your throat, on the front of your chest just below your shoulders, and also on your lower legs. Then, they gathered the wires together and helped me into bed. I’m light sensitive, so I needed to turn away from where the equipment plugged in . I was surprised to find that I could turn over.
It took me 47 minutes to fall asleep, where it normally takes me five. I woke when the nurse came in to reattach something, but went right back to sleep. Then, at 3:00, she came in once more to add something that delivered oxygen. They tell me I went back to sleep, but it took a while. At 6:00 they woke us. We dressed and headed for home to clean up. We could have showered there, but preferred to travel light and shower at home.
I’m not thrilled to be going back, but the pay-off will be huge. We will have energy and be able to accomplish so much more each day. We can expect our health in general to improve, and we should have more years together.
Win-Win wouldn’t you say??