Thursday, November 03, 2011

Sleep Study!

KayTar's sleep study was last night and it went better and worse than I expected. It went better in that she didn't have any major allergic reactions to the adhesives, so the no-Coban/limited adhesives plan worked. It was worse in that there wasn't much sleep happening during that sleep study. She slept enough for them to get the data they needed, but it was not a restful night and she moaned a lot and woke up confused a few times. She usually sleeps right through the night, even when we've been inpatient, but it is tough to get rest when you are hooked up like this! EEG, EKG, nasal cannulas, bands around the chest to measure expansions/contractions, sensors on her legs and chin, pulse oximeter...yowza!


That being said, I'm certain she got more sleep than I did. I was not feeling my best in the first place, but when you add in the freezing room, hard mattress and pillow, sleeping fully clothed with a hoodie on, and a kiddo who isn't sleeping...well, it was not a recipe for successful snoozing. We got through it, though, and it was definitely not the worst test we've ever been through!


The techs would not tell me anything, so we have to wait 3-4 days for the report from the doctor. I'll call on Monday to check on things, because I'm very curious about how it looked on their end. I know from watching the one monitor in the room that her ETCO2 stayed in the 45-49 range for the most part and I saw her RR drop below 10 a few times. Of course, I didn't watch the monitor all night...I did attempt to catch some Zzz's, though they proved to be quite elusive. KayTar and I spent the day here recuperating and I am SO looking forward to a good night's sleep in my own amazingly comfy bed tonight.

6 comments:

thesummerchronicles said...

Those pics are fascinating.

Hope you & Kaytar rested more soundly last night!

leah said...

Sleep studies have an amazing amount of wires involved! Nolan doesn't mind his too much, though I'm like a zombie driving the 70 miles back home (we have to do ours at the children's hospital until he turns six). I hope they got some really great information, despite the limited amount of sleep!

Kyla said...

Leah: You are so right! I didn't have to drive that far, only about half, but when I got home I told Josh, "I'm pretty sure that driving on that little bit of sleep without coffee is the equivalent of driving drunk." I was awake, but I think my reaction times would have been sub-par if put to the test!

C said...

I hope you guys get some answers that make the trouble worth while!

I've never driven under the influence so I don't know this for sure, but I'm pretty sure sleep deprivation is just as bad- I almost crashed once driving the 2 minutes home from the hospital when I was post call...

Shellye said...

Good to hear that her sleep study went well enough. Sorry to hear that neither of you got any sleep. Praying for good results!

~aj~ said...

I bet it was one of those times where sleeping in your own bed at home never felt so good! I hope some good info comes from this test. KayTar can just add it to the list of all the cool stuff she's done that other kids have not. Those would make some fascinating show and tell pictures!