Last summer, I had some weird stuff going on with my joints. I had joint pain in my hands, which traveled to my elbows, then to my shoulders, then to my hips, then knees, then toes. Then it went away altogether for about 2 weeks. Then it started to come back in random places every few days. I went to my doc and he said “you have arthritis, do you want to take the same medicine as your husband does?” I was a little put off. The weird symmetrical presentation which migrated? Thats not just arthritis. Plus I have never had any joint pain at all before in my life. It seemed to me more like a virus or something systemic. So I went to a different doctor for a 2nd opinion. She totally agreed with me and speculated that I had human parvovirus. She did a complete blood workup but nothing seemed off in that.
While she was talking to me, she asked me if I snored. I told her I have been a snorer all my life. Even when I was young and very skinny! In my early twenties, I shared a house with a few other gals. They banished me from watching TV with them in the evening because of my loud snoring. When I had Kaylee, my hospital roomate thru a screaming fit to get me moved to a different room.
Kind of emabarrassing. But anyway, back to the present day. After I told my doctor of my snoring history, she perscribed a sleep study to test for sleep apnea. She hooked me when she said that if you are found to have it and get it corrected by using a machine or even just a mouthpiece at night, you can loose weight!! I’m all in for loosing weight while sleeping better.
So last night I drove over to the hospital and found the little waiting area for the sleep study. Soon, a young woman with a strict manner and an eastern european accent came over and gather the 4 sleep study participants. We were herded down to a small area with small private rooms and a common area. The nurse assigned each of us our room. When she put me in my room, she asked me what time I wanted to “go to sleep”. We were already almost past my regular bedtime of 8:00; so I said, how about 9:00? She said that she just about had enough time to get me ready by then. She left so I could get my pjs on and came back in a few minutes and started wiring me up. When I realized that soon I would be completely covered in wires, I asked her if maybe now would be a good time to use the the bathroom. She said usually people wait until right before bed. I told her I thought now would be good : )
After my bathroom break, I was soon covered head to toe with electrodes and wires. The most annoying was the little plastic sensor with prongs going in my nose and mouth. The nurse told me to “make myself comfortable” in the bed. Ha. I did as best I could and got my nook tablet and watched my favorite TV show, “Parenthood”. By the time it was over, I was starting to feel a little sleepy.
The problem was, evidently the other participants had chosen later “bedtimes”. They were all out in the common area, bonding, I guess. Loudly. It was super annoying. After about an hour or two, though, everyone seemed to have been put to bed.
It was a struggle to sleep. I know I slept most of the night, but there was a lot of waking up. There was one connection on the back of my right ear that hurt like heck. And the stupid nose/mouth sensor thingie kept getting soaked with spit. Not pleasant. But, pretty soon I woke up and it was 5:00. I started to sit up and soon the nurse’s voice came from the speaker overhead: “Diane, your all done – I will be in in a minute to disconnect you”. Good news, that.
I should get the results in a couple days.