A few days after my sleep study, I had an appointment with my doctor who informed me that I did indeed have mild to moderate sleep apnea. Since it didn’t seem to be a life threatening condition, I told my doctor there was no way I was going back. I didn’t sleep well and woke up groggy and headachy. I was upset that, the morning after the study I had to wait outside by myself for my lift to arrive at 6 A,M in the morning in an industrial plaza because the clinic closed earlier than the 7 o’clock advertised time. I also didn’t like pulling the sticky goop out of my hair that attached the electrodes to my scalp.
My doctor sympathized with me, or so I thought. After commiserating with me for a couple of minutes she insisted I finish the procedure. She had done extensive research on the health benefits of CPAP machines for those who need it, especially seniors. I like and trust my doctor so I begrudgingly agreed to the next step. I procrastinated for a long time but finally made an appointment for the next step. The next step was a brief visit with a respiratory specialist, followed by a technologist instructing me on the use of a CPAP machine and fitting me with a mask. I was given a trial machine for 6 weeks. I am trying to adjust to sleeping with my new companion.The interaction between me and the CPAP will be the subject of my next blog.
I am booked next week for the final step of the sleep study. I am going back to the sleep clinic for an overnight, this time to be studied while I sleep hooked up to CPAP to see if my sleep pattern has improved. Stay tuned for the next episode.