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Good news! 
27th-Sep-2006 07:39 pm
Misc: brain side view on black
Good news — I get my CPAP machine on Monday. And I don’t even have to miss much work for it.

I’m getting this one, and paying a bit extra out-of-pocket for a battery attachment so I can take it camping. I’m glad I did some homework, because I told the supplier about a mask I want to try (in addition to the more standard ones) and he didn’t know about it but is going to order it for me.

In less pleasant news, I scheduled a couple of EEGs (more elaborate than the ones during the sleep study), and they’re both going to be extremely icky. One requires me to stay up all night the night before. The other one requires me to have my head entirely wrapped in gauze and go home (that’ll be fun on the T; I just hope Homeland Security doesn’t decide I’m a terrus and take me out) and stay plugged into an electrical outlet for 24 hours while a monitoring device collects data. That’s because my sleep specialist noticed something odd in my EEG during the sleep study ("flowing", she called it) and wants to check it out and make sure it’s nothing to worry about.
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28th-Sep-2006 12:17 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly. Wish I could help in that regard, but I don't drive.

Short of a ride, a hoodie sweatshirt with the hood up. He won't look like a terrorist, more an MIT/gangsta hybrid.
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28th-Sep-2006 02:15 am (UTC)
Well, that would be cool, if for no other reason than that I don’t think we’ve actually met yet. :-) (Feel free to remind me if I’m wrong.)

The wrapped-in-gauze-with-adhesive-all-over-my-head appointment starts at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 1, and it will take them a couple hours to place all the electrodes, so I’d probably be leaving around 3:00pm. Then I need to go back sometime the following afternoon, but I won’t know exactly when until I get there.

On the other hand, if I’m going by car, I can probably just drive myself there and back. I just don’t like using my car when I don’t have to. I suppose I should make sure that the gauze won’t interfere with my field of vision, or the cables won’t be incompatible with driving.
28th-Sep-2006 12:04 am (UTC)
The other one requires me to have my head entirely wrapped in gauze and go home

I can hear it now: "Mommy, it's the mummy!"
28th-Sep-2006 12:20 am (UTC)
One requires me to stay up all night the night before.

Depending on the night, I might be able to stay up with you and keep you company...
28th-Sep-2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Well, that appointment is 7:30am on Thursday the 19th of October, so I’ll be staying up the previous night, Wednesday the 18th. But since I won’t be functional for work on the 19th, I was thinking I could just use the night to get some stuff done. I’d certainly enjoy your company, but I don’t really think it makes sense for you to deprive yourself of a night’s sleep. And I suspect that after about 1:00 or 2:00am it will be unwise for me to actually be in bed. :-)

I have to say, I’m getting exhausted just thinking about it. I used to pull all-nighters once in a while in college, but it’s not quite my speed these days. Maybe it’ll be less intimidating after a couple weeks with the CPAP machine.

Oh, and you should definitely read ayse’ comment below about strawberry jam. :-)
28th-Sep-2006 12:44 am (UTC)
These tests are just starting to sound silly now.

Are you sure your neurologist doesn't just have a good sense of humor? ;)

n.
28th-Sep-2006 01:53 am (UTC)
That's what I was thinking. Also, wouldn't it be fun to be the one coming up with these tests? "Let's have him immerse his left hand in a pot of strawberry jam for four hours and see what happens!" It's like all those failed surrealists decided to go to medical school or something.
28th-Sep-2006 02:10 am (UTC)
(Repeated so you get a copy in email, too:)

Well, I have an appointment with my PCP on Tuesday, and I plan to ask him whether he thinks the EEG stuff is necessary. Because yeah, I kinda wonder whether my sleep specialist just has a good sense of humour.

I’m thinking if they use enough gauze, I can wear gloves and dark glasses and tell people on the T that I’m the Invisible Man. :-)

I like the failed surrealists idea.

(The gauze is actually to hold the electrodes in place, I think.)
28th-Sep-2006 03:26 am (UTC)
It's like all those
failed surrealists decided to go to medical school or something.


*laughs*

*squirts rabbit fur out her nose*

n.
28th-Sep-2006 02:09 am (UTC)
Well, I have an appointment with my PCP on Tuesday, and I plan to ask him whether he thinks the EEG stuff is necessary. Because yeah, I kinda wonder whether my sleep specialist just has a good sense of humour.

I’m thinking if they use enough gauze, I can wear gloves and dark glasses and tell people on the T that I’m the Invisible Man. :-)
28th-Sep-2006 09:21 am (UTC)
Might this be related to the aneurysm-thingie? Can that run in the family?
28th-Sep-2006 12:51 am (UTC) - gauze-wrapped head
Just say you're rehearsing your Halloween costume :)
28th-Sep-2006 01:14 am (UTC)
That’s because my sleep specialist noticed something odd in my EEG during the sleep study ("flowing", she called it) and wants to check it out and make sure it’s nothing to worry about.

Umm, what do they think it might be? The last time I heard discussion of an ambulatory EEG, it was in the context of diagnosing a seizure disorder.
28th-Sep-2006 02:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, she wants to rule out seizures.
28th-Sep-2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Hopefully, ruled out is exactly what happens. Hang in there.
28th-Sep-2006 09:20 am (UTC)
Yay for CPAP!!! Can you do the head gauzy thing on Halloween?
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