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  • posted: February 03 @ 6:59am
This is sorta a mugshot. I took it a little while ago, when I was all wired up for a sleep study. I've been having a bunch of problems with my breathing and sinuses, and then a bunch of other problems that I hadn't realized were connected but are in fact symptoms of my sinus problems. So I finally went to see an ENT, who was concerned that I might have sleep apnea too and told me I needed to take a sleep study.

The good news is that I don't seem to have sleep apnea, or at least it's at a mild enough level that it's not causing me major problems. So right now it's looking like I might be able to avoid surgery and to treat my sinus issues with medicine instead, which is a huge relief because, frankly, I have no idea how I would have paid for surgery, even with the pretty good insurance I have through my employer.

Comments

elldub says:
I'll have to go in for one of these tests soon. Is it as rough as it looks? Or, do they pretty much have you sleep all day?
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:01am -
wondermade says:
Sleep studies always make the subject look like time travelers.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:02am -
Davis says:
gah. there's been too many of these "hey surprise check me out i've got bandages all over my face and you're probably worried that something awful happened" photos this whiskerino.

why can't everyone just be healthy and happy for 4 months straight. stop it, everybody.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:05am -
Davis says:
also - glad you're doing okay.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:05am -
jnonfiction says:
If this is what it took to time travel, I'd...

no, I'd probably still do it.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:05am -
keifel says:
i have this same picture approximately three years ago, different result though.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:06am -
michaeljstraub says:
Are you from the future?
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:11am -
Scrivener says:
@elldub It's a good idea to not get much sleep the night before, so that you're pretty tired. It was uncomfortable but not terrible, for me. They had wires connected to my legs, around my chest in two straps that were pretty tight, and then all those wires connected on my head and face. I usually sleep on my side but they asked me to stay on my back, which I found difficult to do. And, for me, I had a lot of anxiety about being diagnosed with sleep apnea. I was very concerned with the Democratic plans for health care reform failing, having recently been unemployed/self-employed for more than a year and having found it extremely difficult to get individual insurance. I did some research then when I was initially denied individual insurance and remembered seeing that a diagnosis of sleep apnea is an absolute black mark for insurance, that it means you'll never be insurable in the future. I woke up a bunch of times in the night, partly just because I felt tied down by all the wires and was uncomfortable, but mostly because I was feeling really anxious about the whole test. Which I acknowledge to be a little pathetic and paranoid, but it was definitely causing me a lot of discomfort.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:11am -
robberfly says:
11/5/1955?
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:14am -
Andrew says:
There he is. From what I've heard sinus/septum surgery is quite invasive and the improvements aren't usually worth it.

I did a sleep study too.I used to be a lot heavier and as a result had sleep apnea. Apparently it was pretty bad at something like 17 interruptions per hour on average.

Lost weight, ditched the mask, I sleep fine now. I still snore, but nowhere close to before according to my wife.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:23am -
brandon says:
Glad you're okay and that you're back.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:49am -
Justie Just says:
So according to Andrew, lose some weight you huge fat bastard.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:51am -
ThatGuy says:
Glad you're doing better. I consider myself very lucky to be able to get quality sleep anywhere and at any time.

Not always a good thing. I can sleep while driving better than anyone.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 8:01am -
Scrivener says:
@Andrew @Justie Just But I've worked so hard to finally regain some weight, and now I've gotta go on a diet? Damn. [Hangs head in utter defeat.]
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 8:09am -
mattyc says:
Good God man...it looks like you are a robot now.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 8:10am -
elldub says:
I don't think that'll be an issue right now in the Worley household ;)
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 8:21am -
gfmorris says:
No, I'm the one that needs to lose the weight, @scrivener. Don't listen to @justiejust. ;)

NPSG FTW. They suck in terms of getting actual sleep, unless you actually have apnea, and then that second study when you get the CPAP ... oh is it ever glorious to sleep.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 9:13am -
hale. says:
been wondering about you. glad you don't have the sleep apnea. hopefully you can get all this sorted out soon.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 9:20am -
TheStride says:
You look like a test subject...oh wait.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 9:59am -
Andrew says:
I know people who have sleep apnea and it has nothing to do with their weight. in case it definitely did.

you don't look like you need to lose any
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 9:59am -
SoulGlo1976 says:
Wired
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 10:23am -
Grower&Shower says:
Glad you get to skip surgery! The steel player in my band had to get his sinus widened (or something to that effect) a few years ago. He went through a lot of pain and bleeding and it didn't really help him all that much.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 10:49am -
Johnny Rebellious says:
i second @andrew's statement

i know people with sleep apnea of all shapes and sizes. i don't think your weight has anything to do with it.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 12:44pm -
Justie Just says:
well he is massive and enormous. I dont think any of you are qualified to say otherwise.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 1:44pm -
Poe says:
hey man glad you don't need surgery and good to see you posting again.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 6:15pm -
bobafred says:
good to see you back.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:35pm -
Patrick says:
Cool, hope it works out. Also, try a neti pot for your sinuses.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:48pm -
El Barbudo says:
That's some interesting architecture.
Posted: Feb 3rd, 2010 - 7:49pm -
Scrivener says:
@Patrick I've been using a netti pot for awhile. It helps clear up the sinus infections once they have set in, but otherwise has no impact that I can discern.
Posted: Feb 4th, 2010 - 9:46am -
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