Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Sleeping With Strangers

I had my sleep study done last night, though how much study they got done is questionable given the amount of sleep I got. I don't do well in a strange environment with all kinds of electrodes and other dingleberries attached to me. The final total of hardware that I had to wear was:

  • 5 EEG leads on my scalp. During the 4 hours or so I did manage to sleep, I had some awfully funky dreams. That readout should be interesting.

  • 2 sensors attached behind my ears so they could listen to my snoring. I'm sure they got an earful of that.

  • 2 sensors (1 on each side) to detect and measure jaw clenching and teeth grinding.

  • 2 ECG sensors on my upper back

  • 2 sensors on each leg below the knee to see how much I thrash around

  • 1 belt around my chest to measure heartbeat

  • 1 belt around my abdomen to measure breathing rate and volume

  • 1 sensor stuck in my nose so they could tell when and how long I might stop breathing. This one was similar to those oxygen tubes with the elastic band that goes around your head. Damned aggravating.

  • 1 pulse-ox sensor taped to the index finger of my left hand

When I got out of bed this morning, I expected to hear a mad scientist crying "It's alive! It's alive!". I sure had the personality of a monster. I don't do mornings well as it is. At 5am this morning, I was not a happy camper. And the glue from the EEG sensors left me the worst case of pillow-hair in history. And I forgot to bring a cap, so I had to walk through the hospital like that. I could practically see the townspeople scurrying for cover as I stalked out.

On top of all that, there was a closed-circuit video camera recording every sound and movement. Hope they at least got some good movies.

Now I wait and let the doctors try to figure out if they can do anything to help me sleep. I sure hope so. I don't even remember the last time I woke up feeling refreshed and rested. I know it's been a lot of years.

That's one Damoclean sword out of the way, anyway. Onward.


At 6:28 PM, Blogger Jean said...

I'm afraid I'd wake up all wrapped up in sensors and choking. As far as I know, I flip from side to side, avoiding my back (even when I'm home alone), because I snore even worse in that position.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Carter said...

They taped and velcro-ed everything pretty well, but I was still concerned. They also said I could sleep in any position that was comfortable, except on my stomach. Not something I want to do again, but I may have to if I need to get fitted with a CPAP. I just hope we can figure something out. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.

At 8:36 PM, Blogger Jean said...

Both my parents have a CPAP, so I suspect it's just a matter of time for me. No problem with me sleeping on my stomach. That's one position I rarely assume.

I hope they figure something out for you soon.


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