In Hamlet's famous soliloquy which begins "To be or not to be" we hear the quote, "To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub."
That is what I will be studying tonight.
Well, not me. But those who will be watching me sleep.
I have shared with you before how I have problems sleeping.
When I spoke with my cardiologist about that a couple of months ago, he suggested that I get a sleep study done to make sure I do not have sleep apnea.
That was in the middle of October.
Right after that appointment, I went away for my annual retreat.
After that retreat came other commitments at the parish and in the diocese and, before I knew it, the days turned into weeks and the end of the year was coming up quick. I thought to myself, "I'd better schedule that sleep study right away."
I thought that for two reasons:
1. I am generally compliant with doctors' requests or recommendations
2. I am a cheapskate
You might wonder how the second point is a factor.
Well, the plain and simple truth is this: it is getting toward the end of the year. I have already met all of my medical deductibles this year due to my hospitalization and pacemaker/defibrillator. I figured that I had best get this study done before the end of the year so that the bulk of the cost does not fall on me but on my insurance company.
So, I have to check in to the sleep center in another half hour. I will be discharged tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m., in plenty of time for breakfast and the 8:30 a.m. Mass and a hectic day preparing for Christmas.
I am supposed to relax; but, I do not know how I am going to do that all hooked up to electrodes and what not. I guess I will have to count sheep while they count whatever it is they watch throughout the night.
Hopefully I will be able to sleep. Perchance, I'll dream.