After the room went dark, despite being hooked up to the respirator and being on my back, I managed to fall asleep really quickly. This was good because I wanted to escape the world.
In the middle of the night, we switched around from back to side, and I fell right back to sleep, making it all the way until 530 or so, which was my request so that I could be up early to get unwired and back home to my wife for a goodbye before she went to NYC with my mom, sister, and niece to go see Aladdin.
I'm glad I saw her after the stress of the night before. It was a better end to a long night. Also, being told how well I slept and waking up to a non-overloaded feeling of "maybe this is what it is" says that the nights of O2 sleeping are here, but so is all of the symptoms that this was causing. To this, I thanked the tech, and moved myself forward to a new world and new normal of sleep apnea.
So it goes.
Time will tell. Next stop, doctor's appointment 3 coming down the road.