As you may recall, I was required to complete a sleep study as a pre-requisite for becoming approved for any type of weight loss/Bariatric surgery.
I got a call with my results from the sleep study clinic, and the gist of the conversation went like this:
Sleep Clinic Lady (SCL): “Hi, we got your results from your sleep study, and you tested positive for mild OSA.”
Me: “Not *severe* sleep apnea, like I was diagnosed with before? What exactly does ‘mild’ mean?”
SCL: “Well, below 5 is normal, and you had 12.1 during most sleep. During REM sleep you had 34.3.”
Me: “OK.” (insert a look of deer-in-headlights here….those numbers meant nothing to me since I had no point of reference. Was “severe” something like 500 during some allotment of time? Is this during one hour? During 5 minutes? Who knows.)
SCL: “Next, we need you to come in for a CPAP titration study and get you setup to use a CPAP machine.”
Me: “Oh, no you don’t. My whole reason for having this done was because I don’t want a CPAP machine, I would rather use a dental device to help correct it, and my surgeon just wanted this study done to see what level of OSA I had.” (I think that is why, anyway.)
SCL: “Hmmm, well, OK, I’ll put a note in here for the sleep center Doctor and forward your results onto your surgeon. I will contact you after you’ve met with your surgeon to go over the results.”
And I’m thinking: Yeah, you do that, lady. Remember, I have NO desire to use a CPAP machine, and was worried that my refusal to do so would hinder my chances of getting the bariatric surgery done. I was stressing out just a little about this. I’m not kidding when I say, using a CPAP machine feels like you’re being forced to drown in air, all night long. It made me too panicky, and also irritated my sinuses so much I ended up with sinus infections every time I had tried to use it in the past.
Fast forward a week to my next followup appointment with my surgeon. He reviewed my chart and brought up the sleep study results.
Surgeon: “It looks like you did your sleep study, is the sleep clinic putting you on a CPAP machine?”
Me: “They said it was only mild OSA….do I really need one? If I have to use something, I’d rather find out more about using an oral appliance/dental device instead.”
Surgeon: “Well, if it’s only mild OSA, it is really your choice as to whether or not you wish to treat it in whatever way. You’ll just be taking on the risks of poor sleep, etc, that OSA causes.”
Me: “I’m fine with that.” (….since I really don’t feel OSA wrecks my sleep as much as the stupid sleep study people say it does. I also recently got a FitBit Flex, and over the past few weeks, it is solidifying my conclusion that my sleep is not as bad as the sleep lab people lead you to believe.)
The surgeon said all my blood work looked great, advised me to up my exercise each week (always a struggle), and went over some of the upcoming things I needed to have done: psych eval, nutrition counseling, gallbladder ultrasound (oops, didn’t have this on the first list – one more thing to do!!), and an endoscopy to check out my upper GI tract. With the sleep study hurdle overcome, I am hoping for smooth sailing from here on out as I work towards final approval to have the surgery!