- Two wires down each leg of your shorts that connect on each shin.
- One at the corner of each eye.
- One on either side of your chin.
- One just under your bottom lip.
- One behind each ear.
- One at the top of both sides of your forehead.
- One above each ear.
- Two on the back of your head.
- One strap around your belly.
- One strap around your chest.
- A weird contraption like a nasal canula that sticks in both nostrils and has a tiny straw extending into your mouth.
It took me at least half an hour to fall asleep which is very unusual for me. I'm usually asleep within 5 minutes of going horizontal and closing my eyes. Part of it was the weirdness of having a stranger watching your every move. Part of it was the fear that I would disconnect some of the myriad wires. The biggest part of it was that they asked me to start out on my back and I never fall asleep on my back.
I finally drifted off and about 2 hours later Keith came in to put the C-PAP device on me. The good news was that they would remove that weird thing that went up my nose and into my mouth. It took me a while to get used to having the mask on and I fell asleep within 15-20 minutes.
At some point I woke up and my nostrils were on fire. Keith had apparently changed something about the way the air was flowing and it wasn't agreeing with me. I awoke literally shaking my head and blowing out my nose like a bull at a bullfight. Keith came in pretty quickly and asked me what was bothering me. I told him, "The air shooting into my nose right now feels like refrigerated pepper spray." He promised to adjust a couple of settings for humidity and such to see if it improved.
I tossed and turned without really falling asleep until about 4:30 AM. Finally I adjusted to the device and Keith had dialed in the pressure, heat, and humidity settings on it to where it worked for me while still alleviating the little apneas I was apparently having. I slept very soundly for the next 90 minutes, but I can't say if it had a significant impact on the quality of my sleep or not. I was definitely not rested.
I drove home and called my boss and told him I would not be in because I needed more sleep. I slept until almost noon and here we are. I assume I'll hear from the doctor in the next 24-48 hours and we'll see how quickly I can get the C-PAP device to try from home.