Sleep Apnea Clinic - The Procedure
I reported in at 8:30 PM as directed by my physician and was escorted to my private room by Dustin, a hospital Sleep Technician. Dustin explained the process of my overnight stay and what would be taking place in the next couple of hours. Basically he told me to get into my sleep wear, which I was wearing when I came in (shorts and tee-shirt). That was probably the easiest part of the whole night. After a short pause in activity he came back in and started placing wires all over my body. I believe there were ten attached to my head, two on my heart area and two on both legs. That was not all of course. Next he connected an oxygen clip on my finger, an air hose in both nostrils and some other sampling device also in my nostrils. Of course all these wires, hoses and clamps had to be taped down to insure they didn't get loose as I tried to sleep. After everything was connected, which took about 45 minutes I told him I had to pee. He didn't appear too happy with this but he should have asked before setting up bundles of wires up all over my body. Actually, it wasn't too big a deal to disconnect the wires, tubes, etc at the computer end of the bundles. Once that was done I got up and dragged all my stuff to the bathroom. I looked like a blown up robot with parts hanging all over the place. The next dilemma was making sure as I went to the bathroom that I didn't pee on the cables as I thought that could cause some electrical damage to some parts of my body. OUCH!
After a brief stint in the bathroom, Dustin re-attached all the stuff, turned off the lights and wished me happy dreams. I can't tell you how difficult it is to sleep with all the wires, tubes and etc but it took me at least an hour to get to some form of sleep. This is opposed to the 2 to 3 minutes it normally takes. After about 3 hours, say around 2 AM, I had to go pee again and that puzzled me since I hadn't had ANY liquid since supper, around 5:30. Not sure where all the liquid was coming from. So Dustin trotted back in and did the same disconnecting procedure as before. This time of course I had to be very careful in the bathroom as I was partially asleep and didn't need any shocks traveling through my body. I made it out unscathed.
It took another hour or so to fall back asleep but I did. The next thing I know Dustin was waking me up at 6:00 a.m. to start my out processing. He said he didn't think I had a bad case of Sleep Apnea but the doctor would contact me this week sometime. The bad news is he thought for sure I would have to have another test next Sunday evening. At least this time I will know how things are done, which will eliminate some of the anxiety I had going into this test. I will get you the final results after I get them from the Sleep Doctor.
I did learn one thing and that is not to drink ANY liquids at least 3 DAYS prior to the next test.
Post Script – Bob went back for the follow up test and was in fact diagnosed with a mild case of Sleep Apnea. Now he wears this contraption all over the dang place! Not really, but we sure had a good time staging all these shots on his last visit to Texas.
Here is the really funny thing….at night, when he has to pee, in his own home…he leaves the mask on and just pulls the tube from the machine. Easier for him than taking the straps and mask off. Trouble is, sometimes he catches a glimpse of himself in the bathroom mirror in the wee hours of the night and almost gives himself a heart attack. That is not a friendly site to see in dim light when you are a little groggy and sleepy.
Bob does a great job of documenting his trips to the doctor for the rest of the family. He is somewhat of an expert on the Colonoscopy Procedure and I have laughed until I cried with some of his prep instructions and how-to tips. If you were ever nervous or wondered what to expect from a Colonoscopy, stay tuned, there is much more to share!