I've been diagnosed with complex sleep apnea (two types--~ 60 episodes a night). I went to a Boston based sleep clinic in a hospital. I'll keep it vague for now. It is my third sleep study so I consider myself a vet.
The technician, although overtly friendly, was actually quite brusk. She put the leads on by scoring my skin with a pencil quite harshly ( I'm a grown man, not frail) and trust me she caused pain. Despite communicating this clearly, she continued this poor method.
Soon after, when wiring was to occur, she had me sit in the chair facing a closed curtain, and left for about ten minutes (her remark was don't move). What a bad way to start, literally held captive in a chair so to speak --she could have given me the option to move--then when ever she had me do something she'd tell me to lift my legs and then say "not yet". She'd say sit up..then say not yet. Talk about mixed frustrating messages and abuse of power.
Later around 11, she just plopped a mask on my face, no questions of comfort or adjustment, told me to shut my phone off (no night light in room) and harshly said "this is a study!" I told her that my previous study at the same site I'd been given time and relaxation means.....I'd been in other clinics where, if need be, you can turn lights on, tv if you can't sleep etc....the vibe is to get yourself relaxed to have a good nights sleep. She had me shooting adrenaline the whole night due to the patient mistreatment. She literally had me end a call to a loved one without allowing closure.
The mask she placed on me -- hurt like hell (bridge of the nose, lips, nose between nostrils. Finally after some complaining and wiggling she tried mask two (smaller , lower on nose (this leaked air). Not once did she ask me to help adjust it or to adjust for comfort. At one point she pulled the straps tight telling me it was "loose". Ouch!She would ask me questions with the mask over my face ( like a dentist talking to you with a finger in your mouth or that suck the saliva thing) and then act like she couldn't understand me--which was probably true.
A third mask was tried (nostril buds and mouth coverage) and she never tried to place the buds in my nose proper. I asked about smaller buds and her response was that I had big nostrils thus needing these monster buds? Again pain on mouth, between nostrils -- how could I sleep. I want to emphasize something--the actual machine (ASV) was not uncomfortable..thus the experience of a mask or air was not bothersome. The pain of her placement and care was! When she would replace equipment she'd lay it over my groin (Plop plop) just further debasement.
I woke throughout the night. She just remarked that everything was fine and questioned why I had a bad night? Nurse Ratched or tech ratched......I went to brush my teeth and literally had blood in my mouth (from the tight mouth piece). Also my throat and mouth was bone dry despite the unit having water in it--had she not turned the humidier option on?
I am calling the facilty (a hospital). I am a health professional myself--degreed all that. I was polite to the tech throughout the night (the vulnerable patient phenomenon--boxers, pajamas, in a bed...) I technically have the ability to self advocate--others who are older, frail or have other problems would have been far worse. Although there are some great sleep techs out there, I am very scared that there is no doctor there at night, no official supervisor nurse etc.....
I also saw, in the morning, the two techs rolling their eyes and gesturing to another patient room ( very bad non verbal communication about whoever suffered in there). Try to check out the milieu somehow or other wherever you go. This is a strange profession--demanding folks who will work a harsh overnight....and sometimes it sort of gets a bad crew or a few rotten apples.
Should the mask literally hurt while in the sleep clinic itself and throughout the night?
Did they even get data? No one told me whether there was enough sleep and no docs there on friday. I won't go back there again but yet I am a person with close to 60 episodes per hour , morning depression and anxiety etc....I need the machine which I'll get but again I'm terrified to go back to that clinic again if her actions screwed up my study. I don't think I slept more than one continuous hour. I've been run down beyond my usual due to this horrific night!
Other's with bad Boston Hospital experience (name of place not identified).