Although I won't have the results from the doctor until 10 days have passed, I feel that my second sleep test with the CPAP machine was a qualified success. Hopefully, the doctor will agree with me....
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Yesterday, I spent my day doing mostly nothing, killing time before my sleep test. Ideally, I would have gone and slept in my usual night wear - a comfortable short gown. But this would not have been either appropriate or useful during the sleep test, as some wires had to be threaded through my pant legs so that they could monitor what was going on by my lower legs. So I made sure that I did my laundry, so that I had a freshly cleaned set of pajama bottoms to wear during the test....
Of course, just before I put the laundry in the washing machines (and before I removed it from the dryers 2 hours later) GFJ called to chat. No, she had no idea of what was going on over here - it's the unusual coincidence that I often have of people calling me just as I'm about to do something important. At least, I was able to get the laundry done with time to spare - even though I have a lot to fold and put away in my dresser drawers.
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When I got to the hospital, I knew the routine - and was ready for everything. I had avoided both alcohol and caffeine for a full day, and was ready to fall asleep early. I met a fellow there who had come to find out whether he could reduce the pressure setting on his CPAP, as he had an amazing improvement in his health over the past year (he lost over 100 lbs. simply by cutting out virtually all carbohydrates from his diet) - and he told me what he did to turn his health around. (I may do the same soon - I'll miss things like pasta and bread, but I don't like the effects that carbohydrates have on me.) And then it was time for our sleep tests....
I told the sleep technician that I wanted to start with the nasal mask first - and I'm glad I did so. My breathing was much easier at rest, as both my sinuses and throat stayed open enough to allow me to breathe through my nose while at rest, instead of through my mouth - where normally I would have been snoring and have had problems due to sleep apnea. There was one problem - they did not have the chin strap I needed to keep my mouth closed, and this caused the technician to attempt to switch me to a nose/mouth mask after raising the pressure on the line. As soon as I put the mask on, I knew I couldn't use it - breathing became uncomfortable, and my mouth was filling up with air. Yes, I could breathe through my mouth with the mask on, but I'd have been very uncomfortable - and would likely stop using the mask because I'd never be able to sleep with it on. So the tech put the nasal mask back on, and I was able to get some rest (if not sleep) during the rest of the evening.
Although I'll get the results back from the doctor in about 10 days, I expect that I'll be told that the CPAP has been approved, but to consider using the nose/mouth mask. Consider, yes - but that's as far as it will likely go. I was very comfortable with the nasal mask - but that's as far as I'll be able to go to get a healthy sleep.
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Once I was done with the sleep test, it was off to Mickey D's for some breakfast and coffee. The coffee is what I needed most, as I had a laser appointment scheduled for later in the morning. (Only after that could I risk sleep - I don't have anything on my schedule until the evening, when I see BXM.) I tried calling GFJ once I had my coffee - but she must have been asleep. Yet, by the time I got home, she was awake - as she sent several pictures to me via Facebook Messenger.
I wasn't sure until I got there, but this was my last laser treatment under the special I bought about 5 months ago. And I think I got rid of the remaining dark hairs (for now) that appeared on my face. (I'll also be glad not to go through this pain on a tri-weekly basis!) On the way home, I got a chip in my car's windshield - on the passenger side. As a result, I had a new chore to take care of - getting the darned thing fixed before the winter came. So it was off to Safelite - where they completed the repair within an hour of my arrival.
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At this point, there was no longer a need for me to be en-homme today. So, it was off to the shower to remove the hairs on the rest of my body, then into Marian Mode for a bite to eat with BXM. By the time I got to the Bronx, I was running on time - but I had to text BXM, so that we could find each other at the thrift store. Although I found two pair of shoes that would fit me, I held off on buying anything there - as I didn't really need new shoes.
When we were done at the thrift store, it was back to BXM's house to feed her dad and pick up some clothes she had bought for me. (Next time, I'll tell her to be more careful, as I'll need special shapewear to wear the one outfit that I noted in a prior entry.) Once her dad was fed, it was off to a local Japanese restaurant to talk some more.... Only after we saw the last of the dinner patrons leave around 10:30 pm did we get the hint that it was time to go home. So I dropped her off, and drove home to get some (probably) less than restful sleep....