Partial follow up to my Sleep study

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.



About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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7 Responses to Partial follow up to my Sleep study

  1. So many people I know are supposed to wear those things. My brother actually uses his, but my friend says she does not because she feels like to can’t breath very well with it on and it’s uncomfortable. I’ll be looking forward to hearing about your experience, Elaine.


  2. mycatgrady says:

    Hi Elaine,
    Am interested in this experience of yours, I don’t need it but my husband Steve HAS to use the CPap and has been using it faithfully for about two plus years. He sleeps much better, I feel less ‘frightened’ which is a definite plus..He said the sleep study wasn’t too bad and I’m thankful he actually got around to having it done and the fact that he stopped SNORING..enough to wake the ‘proverbial dead’…it was a huge problem to sleep in the same room. We have separate bedrooms at home (since their aren’t any kids at home for a number of years, but still even when traveling and staying in Hotels it was a dreadful experience) Neither one of us slept well for years on our various trips..I was awake many nights listening to him snore and then panic when I would hear the breathing suddenly stop, and would wake him up…etc., etc….It’s not something to take lightly so I highly recommend you do the all the follow ups they ask you to do. It’s a nuisance but a necessary one!
    (btw…they are easy to travel with which is a bonus)



  3. epsnider says:

    I think my mate also had sleep apnea but never checked into it. That would have been next on his list


  4. I’m following this with interest as I have my pre-sleep study appt. on Friday and have the same reservations you had. I’m not aware of any great problem other than I fall asleep every afternoon ( or if I’m in a situation where I cannot I go “brain dead!”) I really don’t want to wear a CPap, but I have heard there are new alternatives – I guess these were not discussed with you? (Maybe too preliminary).


    • epsnider says:

      Hi Cinda, hope your apointment goes well. I am aware there is a dental thing a ma jig, a nose something or other and surgery is available to correct sleep apnea. My doctor seems to be pushing the Cpap machine to her “past the prime of their lives patients.” Hmm I wonder if she owns stock in the company!
      I have a friend who can fall asleep anywhere in the afternoon. She considers it a blessing. She wakes up refreshed, while the rest of us drag through the rest of the day.


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