So I had my first sleep study last week. I am trying to get my surgery in this summer and it was one of the last things on my checklist. I called to find out and it came back abnormal. I was able to get in for a second sleep study last night, this time to test the equipment. I was lucky to get back in so quickly. Or so I thought...
The first study was a breeze, I fell asleep and lasted the whole night until the tech woke me up. This second one with the machine on my head was a nightmare. I could not sleep. I woke up several times and the last time I stayed awake until they concluded the test at 5am. I had a backache from staying in the same position all night and a sinus headache from the pressure on my sinuses. The technician told me they had to have it tighter for that test so it would not be as bad at home, but now, I have a rash all over my face from the pressure points of the mask. Literaly, my cheeks, the bridge of my nose and my upper lip are all red, bubble blistered and gross, not to mention really rather painful.
Before this second test I was confident I could handle this mask thing and I was even convinced by others who said how much better I would feel, but now I am just feeling like this may be a total nightmare.
The other thing is I know all of the rest of my tests/studies/doctor's visits were submitted this week so I could get approval and hopefully a date for my surgery. But now I don't know when I will hear back from this sleep study to get this nightmare equipment. And of course the doctor requires 30 days on the machine before surgery. (I don't know if there will be any flexibility in that). I know that none of this road is supposed to be easy, but I was not expecting this part to be the stumbling block at this point.