I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers for creating this supportive community.
At the beginning of the month I wrote about an unexpected trip to the emergency room because I was experiencing a rapid, uncontrolled heart rate. Although I don’t expect that there will be any serious findings, it is something that had to be looked into since it has happened before. As a result of that, two studies were suggested. I used the scaffold from Fortunately by Remy Charlip to tell you about my experience with the first of those studies – the sleep study.
Fortunately…my cardiologist was able to follow up with me quickly.
Unfortunately…something he wants to rule out is sleep apnea, so I will be participating in a sleep study. What? You mean I have to go to a sleep center? No…
Fortunately…the sleep study can be done at home!
Unfortunately…it requires a bit of equipment and a meeting with a nurse to learn how to use it properly. And please sign here and here – that just says you promise to return everything.
Fortunately…learning about the study and the equipment served to expand my vocabulary – effort belt, nasal cannula, pulse ox sensor, sleep view monitor.
Unfortunately… I had my doubts about how, or if, this would work. Who can sleep with all of that stuff on them anyway?
Fortunately…I was able to get everything hooked up and taped to my hand and face. No, I did not take a picture!
Unfortunately…putting hard plastic tubes into my nostrils was a bit (no, a lot) uncomfortable, and I worried about even getting to sleep much less studying it!
Fortunately…I did manage to get some sleep (I think), despite the tapping hail on my window through the night and the effort belt strapped across my chest.
And fortunately, the green lights on the monitor in the morning indicated that the recording was successful so I don’t have to repeat it!