a night in the hospital

tonite i’m spending the night at the hospital, in the “sleep disorders center”, being tested for sleep apnea. my wife is tired of my increasingly loud snoring, and of the pauses in breathing, wondering if i’ll take another breath or not. i have to check in at 7:30, and they say i’ll be released around 6am. should be interesting!


6 hours of restless sleep, and i’m home. i had something like 30 electrodes (i’m not sure if they’re called that) attached all over my body. i looked like the bionic man in process. the worst part was the removal — especially those on my legs that were taped on (think: the back-waxing scene in 40 year-old virgin).

no real news, as it was a “sleep tech” there last night, not a doctor. but he did say my blood oxygen level got into the 80s, and anything below 90 is a concern. so, i’m guessing i’m going to get one of those darth vader sleeping masks (CPAP, which always looks like CRAP when i first see it).

off to a groggy day.

18 thoughts on “a night in the hospital”

  1. i have sleep apnea and now use a CPAP. they’ll tell you about what that is. the sleep study isn’t fun. you likely won’t get any rest and you’ll be dog tired when you wake up from your serious lack of sleep. however, when you get that CPAP and get used to it (which will take two or three weeks), your sleep and the quality of your will rest will be revolutionized. i can’t live without this thing. literally.

  2. If it makes you feel any better you’ve never kept me awake.

    Remember Paul from Lake Ave? That guy was a snorer.

    I’ll pray for the doctors and your wife.

  3. I have sleep apnea … at my first test I was so tired that I fell asleep within a couple minutes in spite of the rediculous amount of wires they had attached to me. Turns out I was pretty severe – stopped breathing 93 times an hour for a combined total of 31 minutes out of 60. I was breathing less than half the time. The doc told me to lose weight … so I put on 30-40 lbs. I’m a rebel. At my worst test (at my heaviest) I stopped breathing 140 times an hour. Ouch.

    All that to say, it’s completely fascinating to me all of the things they can track through those sleep studies. I was so curious after the fact, since they wouldn’t let me actually see any of the video, etc., that I turned on my night vision video camera and recorded myself at home without the CPAP or any of that stuff. I could only watch for five minutes … it terrified me that much to see myself fighting for air.

    Anyway, if you have it and end up with a CPAP or some sort of treatment, you’ll be shocked at how much better you feel. I never had any idea just how tired I was until I started getting good rest.

  4. Just wanted to let you know that I went in for the same procedure about 2 years ago. Lifechanging!! I feel more rested and can sometimes put two words together intelligently in a sentence.

    One word of advice, if you get a CPAP machine. Give it several days to get used to it. It will make a difference, but it takes some getting used to. Prayers to you and yours!

  5. I went through the test as well. It’s quite a trip. I had the machine for a bit but I lost weight and was able to lose the machine as well.

    It’s an interesting process that’s for sure.

  6. This has nothing to do with this post, but I read a previous post about high school confidential, and having attended the school the author “infiltrated”(he was called narc up until he graduated)and being the basis for one of the main characters, I thought I would let you know that the book is a ridiculous hyperbole, especially when it comes to the portrayal of Christian students. He came to the school looking to portray high school in a very specific, and shocking, light, and because of this, he only saw what he wanted to see (fallacy of positive instances). As if that wasn’t enough, every story he tells is so greatly exaggerated and distorted from the truth, it borderlines parody. So, please do not let one cynical author trying to sell books form your opinions of how Christians are in high school.

  7. I think my dad gets that sometimes, but to him, that is just a trigger to know when he needs to lose some weight, so he does. Looks to me like that is the running theme of the posts! On a different note, sometimes I laugh so hard that I forget to breathe. It’s kind of scary!

  8. Nice post and interesting comments! I blog a lot about sleep apnea and CPAP and just this morning wrote about how to make sure your machine and mask become a success story. Like Matthew McNutt mentions in his comment, try and develop a beyond-average interest in everything involved so you will appreciate the effects all the more. Especially the first few weeks can be tough. Those who are prepared tend to sail through. Those with doubts, who are scared or don’t understand everything tend to falter at the first hurdle.

    If they do diagnose you with OSA and provide CPAP, join the club!


  9. I got my darth vador mask in June and though I don’t love it I do love the fact I get more rest (and so does my wife without the snoring). Hopefully when I loose more weight I will able to loose the machine too. 4 days after I got the machine I was on a JH/HS mission trip, imagine the fun they had seeing me in this mask…calling it my Darth Vador Mask made it more interesting and fun though. After 4 youth trips with it now, I totally want to find away to attache a real Darth vador mask to it. Blessings on your health Marko.

  10. Hey Marko, I feel you on the sleep study. I had one a few years ago. Your situation sounds just like mine: I was snoring alot and my wife would notice me not breathing at night. So, the sleep study. My favorite part was when the tech told me “We will be watching you all night, all the time; so keep that in mind.” I don’t know what they thought I was going to do. And also they said, “Try to sleep on your back.” Of course, that’s when you snore the most. And I never sleep on my back. It was like they were TRYING to get a positive reading. But I did get prescribed a CPAP and it has improved my sleep very much. Before I would wake up thinking “I’ve got to go to the bathroom.” And I thought that was what was waking me up. But now I sleep through the night almost every night. Hey, anyone ever think of trying this thing on babies??

  11. i’m going in for the tests after i get back from the san diego nywc. my wife’s worried that i have it. from what everyone says i know that uses the machine, it’s changed their life for the better.

  12. Did you get your CPAP yet? I was just diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and have had a CPAP for 2 weeks. Man that’s not easy getting used to it. I actually think my sleep has gotten worse but a few friends who are users already tell me to keep plugging away.

    Good luck!

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