Steve is about to leave for his sleep study. He'll spend the night being observed in a lab at a nearby hospital. His pulmonologist is looking for why his blood oxygen level remains low. One possibility is sleep apnea, which can be diagnosed after a sleep study.
Good friend and neighbor Andy is driving him, and Jim and Betty will pick him up at 6 a.m., saving me from waking the kids up, piling them in the minivan and driving them in the dark.
We'll get the results from the study at the next pulmonology appointment, scheduled for Sept. 9.
If all goes well this week, we won't have a single medical appointment between Sept. 1 and Sept. 9 -- the longest stretch since all this began!
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