Monday, December 8, 2008

Memory Monday:Sleep Study or Discomfort Study...... I don't know!

For years I have struggled with sleep problems. This year it has just increased and gotten really annoying. I went to see a sleep doctor who diagnosed me with night-time anxiety and also ordered an overnight sleep study at a sleep center her in Provo, Utah by Wills pitstop. I was to check in on Saturday night at 8 pm. Also to have dry hair, a clean face with no lotions or cleansers on it and that is about what I knew about it.

What an experience!! You can't go into this sleep clinic and be prepared for what will take place! It was CRAZY yet pretty humorous!
I checked in at 8pm and buzzed the office door bell. A very nice nurse came and introduced herself to me. ( I wish I could for the life of me remember their names.. they rocked!) I noticed that this office was in the same complex as Dr. Pledgers office so jokingly I said to the nurse.. when I go to sleep tonight do you do a 2 for 1 treatment... tummy tuck and sleep study? She laughed and we were instant friends from there on out.
She took me to a bedroom that was so nicely decorated and welcoming. (minus the hospital equipment there) They advised me to switch into my jammies and prepare myself the way I normally do for bed and when I was done to open my door and they would be in to start the process. I folded down my bed and got myself all comfortable and then opened the door and the process began.
The two nurses came in with a cart of computer looking wires. They had glue, sticker type bandages things, colores pencils you name it. One proceeded to mark up my head and measure it in every sort of way. The other started working on my legs, chest and and such. We had a great conversation and started laughing and carrying on. By the time I was done and looked in the mirror I was astounded at how many wires they had hooked up in 1 hour! I told the nurse that I needed to most definately blog this experience! She was so much fun. I was making faces and we were laughing! Then I layed down in one of the most comfortable beds that I have ever slept in and watched Tommy boy on TV. It was good comedy relief. It was getting later and later and although I was relaxed.. I was NOT tired. At 11:10ish there was a knock at my door and the nurse said time for sleepy! She came and added EVEN MORE wires and contraptions. She put something on my finger, a nose tube on my nose and another contraption over my nose that would gage the temperature. For about an hour and half.. I sat there flipping, flopping, figgiting because I was uncomfortable and not tired enough to fall asleep. I even got tangled up in my cords so much that the nurse had to help me get untangled.. we got a good laugh about that.
I was trying so hard to sleep, hello! That was the whole purpose I was there. The nurse came it at that hour and half mark and said, "Megan, you are breaking my heart watching you struggle so much to sleep!" I said welcome to my life every night! She then had me sit up and said here is an Ambien (sleep pill) this should help you right away. She then turned on the air conditioner unit and that is the last thing I remembered. At 6am she came in to wake me up and told me that she got some good results to tell my doctor that would hopefully help me get some answers to my sleep patterns. She had me get dressed, wash my face and go home. Aparently I went home and went right to bed. I woke up at 12:30pm and was in my own bed and wondered how I got there and was not at the sleep clinic (it took me a few hours to remember being woke up and sent home), sleep medicine is SCARY!

12 comments:

Amber said...

This does not sound fun but- of course YOU made it fun! Yikes!

Jamie said...

I bet you EVERYONE has trouble falling asleep at those sleep clinics. Just b/c you're supposed to, you can't! Keep us posted w/ the results.

marilyn said...

I'll be anxious to hear what they found out, that can be important to your health, you go 90 miles an hour, you have to get sleep, you look so beautiful with all your wires, I think you should wear them all the time. love you

Heidi said...

what a crazy experience! well i sincerely hope it helps... and watch out for those sleeping pills. they gave me one when i went into the hospital to have adelle and it seriously knocked me out. oh, and i LOVE your ugly sweater pictures! so great!!!

Leslie said...

Megan youve never looked better. ;)

Boise Buhrley's said...

These are the funniest pictures ever! I bet they loved you, did the nurse take the pic's!!? HOW could someone sleep feeling like a robot!! Thanks for the LOL
xoxoxoxoxo!!!!

Brand N' Kys said...

Do they really expect people to fall asleep with all those wires and with the added knowledge that someone is WATCHING you? I couldn't do it! Hope you start sleeping better... I dont know what I would do if my baby didn't love sleep as much as me!? I dont do well with out it.

Stephanie said...

That does sound like quite the experience. Most of my sibling have sleep problems. I feel really bad for you. I hope they figure something out.

Amy Jensen said...

That is actually a pretty funny story...so let me get this straight you go to a sleep center to sleep but then they hook you up to every cord known to man and expect you to well "sleep" interesting!! You will have to let me know what the verdict is and what they are going to do for you.

Heaps Family said...

You make me laugh so hard! (for some reason until today, everytime I pull up your blog I can't see pictures or comment--I have been trying!) I can't wait to hear what they tell you. I hated having all that stuff hooked up to me when I did it last year but it was worth it! I am a new person...for me, I can stay awake now which is AMAZING!!! Good Luck!

Angie said...

Thank you for posting that, it was like watching Discover Health Channel, except hosted by a comedian! Hilarious. Those pictures are priceless. You know, I'd have taken pictures too...kudos! Hopefully you can get some sleep soon, I understand completely. After having kids, sleep has been a HUGE issue for me and continues to plague me every once in a while. (I'm medicated so that helps!)

Carol said...

You crack me up, how is anyone supposed to have a normal sleep pattern with all of that stuff attached?!?

Also, thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.