Day 82 – Another Bed

2013.05.14I don’t really travel for work very often.  Once a year we have a meeting in Bethesda that I attend and occasionally, like tonight, I spend the night in Terre Haute or Bloomington.

I connect research subjects to sleep monitoring equipment.  It is a portable devices that will tell us if they stop breathing when they sleep.  I then return to the patient’s home the next morning to collect the $15,000 equipment and transport it back to the office, upload the study and send it off for scoring.

I’ve been doing this for four years.

Most of our research subjects live in the Indianapolis area but a few live in communities a little further away.  One or two live so far away that it is more cost effective to pay for a hotel for the night than for me to drive home, sleep for a couple hours and drive back.  Tonight’s lucky participant lives more than 1.5 hours away from the hospital.  I was done with her study at 8:30 pm and wouldn’t have made it home until 11:30.

And so, a hotel bed it is.

Some of my coworkers call this a boondoggle.  I call it another night away from my own bed, my family, my dog, my perfectly brewed coffee, my own coffee mug, my shower and my beautiful back porch.  I call it taking another hit for the team.  I call it almost done!

After four years of conducting these sleep studies, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I have six more months of travel and then I can land in my office for good.

But for now, this is just another study, another 14 hour day, and another bed.