Monday, May 4, 2009

The sleep study that wasn't

Good Monday morning everyone!!

Sorry I have no new card to show you today. I haven't even been able to make anything for the High Hopes challenge yesterday. But I did want to update you on my sleep study, since you all have been so supportive. Long story short.....it was the worst night of my life. It took the tech an hour to hook me up. I was thinking it would be 5 or 6 electrodes on my head.....period. Nope, I had a total of about 30 wires coming from all different places.....2 very uncomfortable belts around my tummy.....2 around my calves....& that thingy on my finger to measure my pulse. Every time I tried to turn over, I was strangled by all the wires.....some managed to come out while in the process so the tech would come in & reattach them....PLUS this sleep clinic is RIGHT OFF the freeway. All I heard all night was semis rolling by. And where I live.....well it's so peaceful...once in a while I hear a cow "moo", but that's about it.

So I didn't sleep. At all. I tried earplugs. I had the pillow over my head. I turned the tv on. I turned the tv off. Finally at 5:30 I gave up. Without any sleep, I had to sit there while he took all the wires off which really hurts because they paste them to your head. I cried the whole 1/2 hour home. My kids were in my bed.....so I slept in my son's bed for about 2 hours. Needless to say, I was really down yesterday. It was such a beautiful day out & I tried to go outside.....but I was tired, I had a headache, & I was so depressed I couldn't stop crying.

What really makes me mad is that when I made the appointment, the young gal told me NOT to take any sleep aids before the study. She said they needed me in my "natural state". The tech told me that was ridiculous, that I could have brought something to take if necessary. I think that if I was able to take something I could have slept at least for a few hours. They only needed 2 hours, & I couldn't even give them that. So I'm not very happy with her.

So.....if I do have apnea, I will just have to deal with it. Unfortunately a sleep study is the only way to diagnose it & even if my insurance would pay for another, I don't think I could do it again. I see my dr again at the end of the month....the tech said he will probably just prescribe a sleeping pill.

So there you have it. I slept well last night, but it will take a couple of days to recuperate. I have to spend today & tomorrow catching up with all I wasn't able to do yesterday. My hubby is also off this week.....ugh.....so begins the working every other week for him. I'm grateful he still has a job, I really am.....but him making 1/3 of what he usually does every other week is going to be very painful. I've sent out a few resumes......but in this economy I'm not very optimistic.

Anyway.....I will be taking a few days off from stamping & blogging. I'm very down & I HATE it when I'm like this. I'm usually a very upbeat, positive person, but this is just too much at once. I've been so tired for so long....I really thought the study would be a breeze & I'd be coming home with a CPAP machine. To top it off, my baby has had a cough for about 3 weeks now & it just won't go away. I'm taking him to the clinic after school....I feel terrible that I've waited so long, but I kept thinking "it's just a cough....it will go away.." but it hasn't. Mom of the Year, right here!!

I hope you all have a fabulous week!! The weather looks to be beautiful this week so I'm going to try to enjoy it. If you've read this very long & boring post......thank you :)

11 comments:

CRYSTAL said...

Awww...poor thing...I know how it is to not be able to sleep... mine is something completely different than yours though. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and entire family as well...

MaryJo said...

Seems ironic how they need to monitor your sleep patterns but make you so uncomfortable that you never fall asleep! Geez... makes no sense!

crazymomma said...

I definetly know how you feel.it may not seem like it but this will make you a stronger person going thru all that you do..Being a mom is the toughest job in the world yet the most rewarding.I'll think zzzzz's for you!

Stressed Stamper said...

I am sooooooooooo sorry...blimey it must be tough...I am so sorry that you are so down...sending you a HUGE blog hug.

Sarah

Jovita said...

Sorry you had a rough night Michelle, I can only image what you went through. Sending you hugs.

Ila said...

Aww Sweetie..I feel so sad for you. You've had such a miserable time of it and being so tired all the time would take its toll on anyone. Taking a few days break will surely help. As far as being a bad Mom goes...that's nonsense!..Having hubby at home so much...that's scary stuff...lol....Sending you a Big Hug Michelle...and keeping you in my prayers....Ila

Cheryl said...

I'm so sorry it went so badly!! You were so sweet to visit and comment on my card when you were feeling so down! It is so obvvious that you are a survivor and will come out of this! You're in my thoughts! C.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I am so sorry that you had such a bad night and that things look so bleak for you right now. Speaking from one deprived sleeper to another, once you catch up on sleep, things will definitely look better. I know I often go through bouts of being down. It does seem kind of strange that they would make you so uncomfortable just to monitor your sleeping patterns. I don't think I would ever do that again either.

You are a great Mom, my dear. You would do anything for your boys and they know it. Keep your chin up! If you need anything, email me. Sending you sunshine, zzzzzz's, and
hugs girl,
Chris

Sandra said...

Sleep - what you need is a lot of sleep - everything is tolerable with sleep .... Oh Michelle - hang in there - I will continue to keep you all in my prayers - it is not fun - and the 2 things you need more then anything now - sleep and your therapy (stamping and blogging) you can not allow yourself to do =(
Remember to take care of yourself - you need your Mommy Time - take care Michelle - I hope all work out well with your baby - take care.
Sandra

Crissy Armstrong said...

Michelle, you have been on my mind and heart and my heart just goes out to you... I had sleep apnea and insomnia and I know what its like to go through days of being sleep deprived. I will write you a private letter and give you some helpful hints that really helped me turn things around. I sleep soundly now most nights. There is hope, and this too shall pass. Hang in there!!! xoxo

Tori Wild said...

Oh wow Michelle-- Just getting caught up blog hopping and what a nightmare. I had to take Parker for a sleep study when he was 4 with all of those wires and hook ups... it was excrutiating!! And the stinky stuff to take the things off his head was the worst. I hope things look up for you soon-- and if it makes you feel better, my daughter has had a runny nose for a month, but I haven't taken her either. I'll be mom-of-the year right there with ya! :)

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