Every now and then I will do a personal post and this is such one. Last night I had to do a sleep study and my wife linked me this blog post, and it gave me enough of a chuckle that I wanted to take my own spin on it.
To start the night off right I had Statistics class before my sleep study, nothing quite like Statistics to get you in the proper frame of mind for sleeping. The sleep center for the hospital I go through used to be right in the hospital itself, but they recently moved it to its own building, one where the doors lock after hours. We were at the doors that appeared to be the main doors and of course at 8:30pm they were not opening for us, now there was nothing there marking an obvious doorbell and I was not about to start pressing buttons and wind up surrounded by some SWAT team. So, dug out the cell phone and called them to let them know we were there. This is where the humorous part starts.
Upon seeing me, the tech did a double take due to my height; yes I am 6’8″ and come to find out they only have one bed for someone my height or taller, so they had to do some juggling with the bed assignments, not a major deal as no one else was there yet. Now I am in the room, get into my comfy grey sweat pants, man I love these things and my wife wants to see me lay in the bed, which has a foot board. I lay down and wonder of wonders, I can stretch out fully without being on a diagonal, booyah! Score one for the home team!. After some brief paperwork they ask me my usual bedtime and say they will be in about 45 minutes before that to get me hooked up. Not bad I think as most places tend to tell you when it is time to go to bed–seems better to me to allow the patient to maintain their normal schedule so they are not under additional stress.
Oh, forgot to mention the room. A nice private room, minus the cameras of course, with its own huge bathroom and TV. Not that I watch a lot of TV but it is nice for background noise. About the only downside was that I had to balance my laptop on my lap as they had no standing trays like a traditional hospital room does. So long story short they get all the wires and belts on me, quite the process I must say and I settled in for the night. Well, not right away, was still a little early and did some homework and what not.
The worst part of the experience was having to pee during the night. A lot of it depended on the technician I got when I said I needed to pee, the guy had me use a urinal so I could stay connected (nice enough to aim the cameras at the ceiling tho), however the woman unhooked me and let me use the bathroom, not that it is any easier to pee with all those wires around you. Not to mention the wires are only around six feet in length so I had to hobble around like a little old man.
Rolling over in bed to get comfortable was a challenge, having to readjust how the wires lay throughout the night. However, it is over now and hopefully they got all the information they needed so I do not have to repeat it. I did find it humorous that I had to come home and get some sleep as I was exhausted from my sleep study.