My sleep specialist works in a building that is snuggled up against an I5 onramp and an I5 offramp. Getting in and out of the “ample parking lot” was difficult, but the building interior was worth it. Again,  I entered a lobby designed for fat people. There were extra large stuffed chairs, deep sofas, wood furniture with dark finishes, carpeted flooring, a Keurig®, and snacks. It was a pleasant wait with pleasant people. I curled up in a chair with my phone to wait and found glee just being able to fold myself up into a chair at a doctors office.

A medical assistant brought me back to a room specifically designed for check in. She took my blood pressure, height, weight, and measured my neck. We briefly argued about my medication lists, she mistyped a prescription that I take, and then we moved on to allergies. I generally like the EMR Athena, it was smooth. After a few minutes, I was asked to take a seat back in the lobby.

 

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The doctor was running behind, but when he called me back to his office I found that he IMG_6015was a kind, quiet man who looked to be in his early 50s. I was surprised to find out that he was director of sleep studies at the clinic, I felt lucky to get in on such short notice. We spoke for about 45 minutes on topics ranging from my sleep patterns and physiology to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment. He did a neurological assessment then a brief physical exam where he listed to my heart, lungs, and major blood vessels of my neck. He checked reflexes and ankle edema.

Finally, he shook my hand and I was passed off to the receptionist for a tour of the sleep study environment. I was expecting a deep, dark subbasement with curtains dividing thin, creaky gurneys… Instead, I was shown ‘suites’ that resembled hotel rooms with flat screen T.V.s and showers (+ wires and cameras). It was bizarre. The tour ended with a rundown of insurance coverage (covered at 70%), pre-authorization procedures, and quick checklist of Dos and Donts for the day of my polysomnography. She let me know that she would call next week to schedule an appointment for the sleep study and any other information gleaned from my insurance.

I also learned that aside from providing sleep medicine, the facility also provides weight management services (including SWL) and pulmonary rehabilitation. A competitor for Eviva… an interesting choice for a referral, right?

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