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“Its like a fat lady sitting on your face while you sleep!” – brother

So fortunate for me, it seems I have sleep apnea!

I completed my second part my sleep study/CPAP testing last night with Emory. All in all... not too bad. Would I tell you to run out and do it, give it a whirl? Absolutely not. While its not EXACTLY as bad as 'a fat lady sitting on your face while you sleep" its more like a young child that you are babysitting. You have fun learning the way it works, getting to know it, spending a little time with it, but once it starts pushing on your face for a while you want to beat it!

The staff that I had at the sleep center for both studies were always exceptional. The facilities are good -- I mean, its no Hilton, but I've stayed in worse Motel 8s when my company decided to spend $100 on a 2-star hotel in the absolute ghetto of West Palm Beach for me.

 

So heres the process... You arrive at the facility and get taken to your room. At that point, you get some paper work to fill out and told to change into you jammies (think they would have let me wear some Powerranger onesie jammies?). They then come in and get you all wired up with the seemingly tangled jumble of wires to monitor muscle movements in face, legs, probably arms but I missed it, and heartrate points, probably my genetic makeup -- probably even have wires to find out what lottery numbers I play, so that they can develop algorithms to find that winning ticket!

 

At one point in the 'hooking up' (thinking about it, its ALMOST like I was getting to play as an Avatar, except not) they bring in a spread of facemasks. I was honestly surprised to find that most of them were not that uncomfortable. Not great, but passable. There are, though, a few that feel pretty good ... in terms of a small child sitting on your face and squishing parts. So there you are... sitting in a chair in your jammies with more or less a stranger, getting wired up to all your extremes, and pushing every type of mask with air pumping through it up to your nose -- this should seriously be more of a Friday or Saturday night 'date', not a weekday -- maybe it'd have that special feel of a date!

 

I felt I should take a picture trying masks while gettin wired up

Masks Small Children:

I decided to sleep with this mask. It worked pretty well, as I ran it through rigorous face tests. These pretty much consisted of putting the mask on (probably when I wasnt supposed to, but I was left unattended with air tubes, masks, and elastic headstraps ... what else would you expect from me?!!?). I would then move them around randomly to 'simulate' my sleep pattern like that of a convulsing baby chimpanzee. I'm willing to bet I dont thrash around... but I definitely roll around a lot. Ok fine... no chimpanzee... an adolescent rollypoly learning the forward tuck-and-roll.

 

This is another option I put as my 2nd choice, but I never made it to using it while sleeping. It more or less passed my thrash tests, though with the headgear on it didnt feel too good on my nose. As you can see, I was pretty damn excited to take a picture while pushing it into my nose!

 

Anyway... its all done and over with and the sleep went pretty well. I did wake up some, at one point what seemed like 30 minutes at least of laying there on my back thinking that this is soooooo not for me. Last time I had to come home, shower, and get back in bed for 3 hours. This time? I showered and decided to head into work. So maybe there is room for improvement in my sleep with a CPAP.

 

Who knows. I cant afford the $2000 setup anyway. Time to save up with allocations in my budget! GO DAVE RAMSEY!

Good night ... and good luck.

   
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