More or less knew that I snored like a boar hog. The GFE provider emphatically confirmed same. So I decided it might be time to go see the medics.
I made an appointment at the ears, nose and throat clinic at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. The specialist there examined the mouth and nose. Said I had a deviated septum and, I think, something else which might have been impeding the air flow.
Then she referred me to a neurologist. Here things were a little bit less obvious. Discovered I have pretty much lost the ability to stand on one foot even if I am stone cold sober. A few other things, the purpose of which was not entirely obvious. Then, as anticipated, I was scheduled for a sleep test.
It takes place in a regular hospital room with hookups for the monitors and what looks like domes for IR and low light TV cameras on the ceiling. The technician attaches a bunch of electrodes and bands. Then there was the tube with two short extensions to go into the nostrils, to check respiration I suppose. However, it also had a plastic flap that hung down over my mouth. I told her, "We're not doing this." After a bit of back and forth, she checks and comes back with a rig without the mouth flap.
Properly cinched up like the Xmas turkey, I'm then supposed to go to sleep. Told me if cannot sleep after 1 hour give sleeping pill. Was somewhat relaxed but no where close to asleep when they came back with the sleeping pill after 40 minutes. That did the trick. At some time during the night, they put a CPAP mask on me which was anticipated. First impression was that it was annoying, awkward and pointless.
As diagnostic procedures go, it was not as bad as a colonoscopy or prostrate biopsy but it's not a very pleasant way to spend the evening.
I go back next week to talk about the results. I expect the doctor will tell me I need a CPAP machine. At this point, my strong inclination is to say thanks, but no thanks.