Sorry I haven’t updated about the sleep study yet. Staying awake so long actually threw me off my schedule pretty bad. I keep thinking it is Wednesday because I lost a day somewhere. I’ll pick up on Wordless Wednesday next week.
Anyway, I did get to do the sleep study this time. When I got there, I had a one hour nap (maybe) in 28 hours somewhere in the afternoon. I couldn’t stay awake anymore. I thought I would sleep well but by the time I got to the hospital, I was wide awake and wired for sound.
At the Hospital…
It was done at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. This time I got checked in and my son went to buy me some drinks. The nurse was so easy to relate to. She talks as much as I do. I loved it! And she knows people we know so that was super cool!
Oh, back to the point of the post. So I did the questionnaire thing. The biggest difference for these days (sleep study vs my normal day) is that I don’t sleep on my schedule. I also didn’t take my meds like I usually do because I couldn’t if they wanted me to sleep. This meant I hurt a lot more that usual. This is probably why I was wide awake too. It actually didn’t stop me from sleeping though because Benadryl and good beds are awesome duos.
I still wonder if that changes anything as far as the results go… anyone? After the questionnaire about what was different, what I drank that day (which was also different for me), I got to hang out with my son in the room for a bit.
We had the lights dimmed, watched a show, chatted a bit… I was waiting for the tiredness to kick in and realized I was just not going to be tired… and probably wouldn’t sleep either, so I took a 50 mg Benadryl so I could get tired. My son ended up going home after a bit and the nurse came in and hooked me up to everything.
Picture Time! Oops, Malfunction… Sorry
For some reason, the picture I took of myself won’t upload to WordPress. Instead, here is a picture of my collection of Dollar Shave Club razor blades. That’s where the photos stopped uploading. Weird. I’ll fix that this weekend.
Anywhoodles, After that, I was ready to sleep. The bed is as comfy as it looks. Maybe comfier?… comfy-er?… comfyer?… And it had foot/ head up and down buttons and a massage feature. I skipped the massage thing and got all propped up and ready to sleep.
Usually I sleep through almost everything. Kids talking, cats fighting, semi trucks driving by, neighbors fighting, a car crash, a tornado… to name a few things. So I thought I would sleep ALL night long. Nope. I slept sound though. I felt like usual when I woke up… at 4:30 or so.
What woke me? The slightest sound of a fly sneezing about two blocks away … I’m just kidding. The nurse had tippy toed into the room for something and I heard the velcro. I woke up a couple of times during the night but went right back to sleep. But that time, I tried to go back to sleep but couldn’t.
It was pretty warm in the room and I think that may have been the reason I didn’t fall back asleep. I did cool down again, I just couldn’t go back to sleep. I’ve never been in a hospital that warm before. I think it’s probably a cultural or area specific kind of thing.
Most people I meet up here keep their houses at about three degrees cooler than the surface of the sun. They think the hospital is cold. I keep my apartment so cold that penguins complain about the frigid temps. So it is probably is just me.
Wakie Wakie! Eggs and Bakie!
About 5 am the nurse opened the door and asked if I was even a little bit tired. NOPE! Not even a bit! So I got up, she unhooked me, I went and washed the goopy glue off my face and got my things together to go.
I answered the questions for when you wake up. I felt good, rested, like normal. I didn’t hurt as bad as when I went to bed, remembered my dream from when I was sleeping (vividly), and a couple other questions.
At Home Again.
Then I walked home. It was so nice. The light was coming out, the birds were annoying but that’s okay. The air was crisp and clean. I can’t emphasize enough… It was SO nice!
I got home and stayed up until about 7 a.m. and then … fell right back to sleep. I woke up about 1 p.m. because I forgot my alarm was off.
I wake up fine. But give me two hours and I am absolutely exhausted! At least I am getting back on my sleep schedule again. And eventually I will get to see the sleep specialist to see what she thinks. I know I have hypopnea (shallow breathing) when I sleep. But the CPAP didn’t really help much before, if it did anything at all. So hopefully she can figure something out from this one.
I finally got all the glue out of my hair today, I think. So, that’s the update. I was happy with it. And I think that nurse is freaking awesome! She made it so much better!
She gets the badass award!
Go nurse! Go nurse!
You’re awesome! And badass!
P.S. I made a new category for the little awards. Teehee