Family, Old Diary, Travel

Live From the Sleep Center

live from the sleep center 1I’m talking to you “live from the sleep center.”  Well, not exactly “live,”  as I’m writing this almost a week before it’s going to post — but you get the idea.

The second time’s the charm.  My heart specialist wanted me to have a sleep apnea evaluation 6 months ago.  United Healthcare ditzed around with the request, and ditzed around.  I followed up with the clinic twice, but still nothing happened and eventually I forgot about it.  When I returned to the specialist for my next appointment (last week) they re-wrote the order saying that the sleep study was necessary to put off any need for a surgical procedure — which I don’t know whether that’s actually a fact but suffice it to say in three days we had an approval.  It turns out that a prior appointment for today (they called yesterday) cancelled so instead of waiting one to two months for an opening I am sneaking in “under the cover of darkness.”

If you, like me, happen to have hypertophic cardiomyopathy and don’t know it, obstructive sleep apnea is common among HC patients  with over 40% of HC patients diagnosed with OSA.  You might want to talk with your specialist about it.

I had a sleep study done 10 years ago and never adapted very well to the old fashioned headgear that was available at that time, so I used the gear for 6 months and said the heck with it. Now doc wants me to do this all over and I guess I need to do my best to cooperate if I wanna hang around on this lovely green planet, so we’ll see what happens.

Well, my “keeper” is coming back to finish hooking me up so I better sign off for today.