Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sleep Consult

Yesterday, I had my sleep consult appointment. The purpose of the appointment was to determine if I need to go through with a sleep study to see if I have sleep apnea. They have decided that I do need to participate in a sleep study, ugh! The date for that little slice of hell is:

May 19th at 8:00 PM to May 20th at 6:30 AM

I have trouble falling asleep in my own home, so I can just imagine how difficult it will be to sleep in a lab with wires and other monitoring devices attached to me and people observing me (yes, I know it is via camera). The creep factor in all this is really high for me and triggering my anxiety. Also, I haven't slept in a bed for a few years. I sleep in my lift chair, because it allows me to adjust the position with the push of a button when I am in pain and it assists me in standing up. Fortunately, the specialist I was speaking with informed me that I could have an adjusting bed or a recliner to sleep in, so that may help.

What bugs me the most, is that I had to go to this "consult" appointment at all. They had me fill out a questionnaire before hand and then simply confirmed my answers at the appointment. They could have just made the decision from the questionnaire, but nooooooo. They had to get the hundreds of dollars from medicare, by requiring me go to an extra appointment. I suppose it keeps someone employed, but the money and position could be better used elsewhere. Health care costs are so outrageous and the health care system either doesn't get it, or just doesn't seem to be willing to change. Consequently, many services are denied or unavailable to many people who truly need them. I wish I knew the answers to this problem. I'm sorry for the rant.

I would like to let you know that giving up my diet soda went surprisingly smoothly. I have missed it a few times, like when I was eating out, but I got water and that was it. I have not, however, been good about what I eat, especially at night. I have made more than a few after midnight raids of the kitchen and I am sure that it will be reflected on the scales. I wish I could get Ray to padlock everything in the kitchen for me. I will try harder. Where have I heard that before?

My next appointment is tomorrow morning for a nutrition class. I will let you know how that goes.

3 comments:

Karen said...

good luck with the sleep study. I had one a few years ago. I could swear I was up the whole night, but they said I was out from the time they left me until the time they woke me. Also, a friend of mine had the study and she was allowed ambien before to help her to sleep.

Amanda Ann said...

Good luck on the sleep study. My husband had to do one a few years ago and felt the same way as you. If I don't sleep well at home how the heck do you think I'll sleep there?!? So crazy. I hope they let you take something to help you get to sleep when you go.

catspaw said...

Yeah, a sleep study would creep me out too but do your best. Congrats on giving up diet tonic. I did that last year just because I think it's no good for me. Water is fine but I have also developed a taste for crystal light and powdered ice tea and, of all things, gatorade. Now giving up caffeine - not sure I could. Keep your chin up!