Thinking back to that consultation with the haematologist at the hospital last week, one question that was asked of me was suffice it to say, rather odd.
The haematologist is checking for possible symptoms of polythycemia. One symptom is interrupted sleep, waking up several times in the night, with the possibility of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is quite a worrying condition where the airways are blocked, making it difficult to breathe and the sufferer wakes up frequently.
The haematologist asked me whether this was the case! I answered no, I live on my own so I can’t prove this one way or another. I do wake up frequently in the night, whether this is sleep apnea is a moot point. Often it’s more to do with going to the loo. Strange question! The only way to tell whether I have sleep apnea is to do a monitoring process in a hospital. So maybe that’s another piece of the jigsaw that has to be pieced together to tell whether I have polythycemia or not.
All very odd.