For me this week has been difficult. Funny as it is the week Kawaii and I are house sitting for my Gma. I think I have been sleeping worse this week. I'm hoping that's the cause. Seg-way!
So a month and a half ago I did a sleep study. I had a most horrible experience. Then I waited about 3 weeks and heard nothing. I then called my Primary Dr's office only to get the "What? Huh? I don't understand." Finally a month later I sat at there office to get a "I'm busy, make an appointment" Really just for some results? WTF!
Someone (I have no idea what there title was) called from the sleep center that day and tried to make another appointment for another study. I told them I had no idea what was going on. And they put me in touch with someone else (no idea there title) and he explained the results over the phone. More on that later.
So then comes the Dr's appointment and they want to charge a co pay and bill my insurance. I said wait just for the stinking results? Had a supervisor go and talk to the Dr. Again she would not see me and some tech cam out 40 minutes later and handed my a copy of the sleep study report. Seriously?! The tech actually took the time to talk with me about how the report was sent via internal mail and that they "just got it." But it's been a month and a half. It was interpreted on June 1st! Again WTF?!
Sigh. This is not how I understand a Primary Care Physician should be handling their patients. I have this overwhelming urge to write a letter to her and her boss and explaining the situation and the total lack for face to face or phone to phone communication. Simple her bed side manor SUCKS! New doctor time.
So now I'm left in the cold no PCP with me to deal with the results. Fuck, Here is how I read the results so roll your eyes now....
Dear sir, Although we realize that your body was evolutionarily constructed over a span far exceeding 250 millennia it seems that it never accomplished the simplistic task of breathing and sleeping at the same time. It is unfortunate that this is the case and there is no recourse for this predicament. The only solace we can offer is that shoving a plastic Darth Vader mask on your face will magically make you more comfortable in dealing with this drawn out death sentence. Please do not contact any medical professional concerning reasons or causes. We will not investigate any "fix" for this as the artificial air machine is the only thing anyone will recommend. If you want more information go loose weight as you will not receive any further emotional support until then. Also do not expect to receive any counseling concerning weight loss. Although we realize that if it was possible it would have been done already we will not even attempt to offer any advise concerning that matter. Thanks for giving us an excuse to charge your insurance company and have a nice day.
Sigh. The real truth is that I'm reacting to a negative result based on how well my emotions were taken into account. I read this great article concerning this: http://bit.ly/igEnJv
And I think that the system has failed terribly at this.
So on to the results. I have on average 88 disturbances an hour. 55 of them are Apneic/Hypopneic. Which means on average I stop breathing for more then 10 seconds roughly once a minute or more. Least I did on that torture chamber they call a bed.
So now I have to learn to "let it go" so I don't suffer. And I will but for now I had to get my feeling out and now I can go to Boston with friends and have a good time.