Thursday, November 12, 2015

Studying My Sleep

At my last physical check up with my new internal medicine doctor, she told me that she wanted to explore other potential causes for my ongoing fatigue.

"I completely agree that autoimmune diseases cause constitutional fatigue -- I just want to be certain that other conditions are not contributing to your fatigue as well," she said.

Made sense to me. So she ordered a few tests, one being a sleep study to find out if I have sleep apnea, or periodic limb movements during sleep, among other sleep related disorders. My sleep study is tonight; and I'm feeling....well....a bit anxious and dubious.

Lulu told me she thinks I won't be able to sleep a wink without her. She may be right.

Aside from not having my snuggly Schnauzer next to me, I'm wondering how in heaven's name am I possibly going to be able to get to sleep with all the paraphernalia required for the study attached to me............

........along with the knowledge that someone is actually monitoring my every breath if I miraculously am able to head off to dreamland.

I'll keep y'all posted, as usual.



Anonymous said...

I hope your sleep study went well and you get some answers about your fatigue/restless leg. I've had 3 sleep tests, resulting in using a CPAP for the past 20 years. If you need CPAP and have any questions, just speak up & I'll try my best to answer them.

BeckyJo in Puyallup

Marion said...

So once they've got you wired up, what if you need to make a potty run? Silly question, I know. But I find one of the things that disturbs my sleep is the two or three bathroom trips in the night. My PCP says it's normal for me, but getting back to sleep can be a challenge.

Nicole said...

Yes, give us the blow-by-blow, please. ;)

Nancy C said...

I had a sleep study a year ago, with similar experience except: You had a much nicer interior decor, and you had to have had a more comfortable bed! The bed I was in was the most uncomfortable ever -- and I could compare with a recent vacation trip in which we slept in 5 different hotels and a private home. The technician did mention that this bed was strong enough to have been used by 500 lb client. Someone forgot to tell him that probably should have been the last time they used it :(

So now I've been using a CPAP machine for a year, and it has been a good experience, overall. If you are on Medicare, they have their rules, but they aren't so hard to deal with.

It's also interesting to be part of a couples group, which we are, and so I can compare CPAP experiences with some others in the group now and again. Of course, the others are men.

Thanks for your write-up, Julia. Those wire hook-ups were truly quite remarkable.
And BTW, no problem to get up to go to the bathroom, but only after calling the technician first to unhook the wires and just be on hand for safety.