In 2007 I started flying and got my PPL in 2009 but I stopped flying. December last year I decided to pick it up again but did not research changes into the medical process beforehand. I registered on med-express for a class 3 and went to go see an AME. I was honest with him and told him all medical issues I've had and he told me I will be denied due to my obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). My high blood pressure is treated and I'm 120/80 with meds, 20/30 vision natural vision but 20/20 corrected, nothing else in my past is an issue. Looking back, I should have just gotten basic med but unfortunately I was unaware that was offered. I do use my machine every night for over 6 hours and it is documented. He asked for all my sleep apnea documentation and he sent it to the FAA on January 3rd. I have not heard anything and I attribute it to the government shutdown. My question is, did I shoot myself in the foot and now I must wait for the FAA? Is there anything I can do to get back in the air until this sorts itself out? Any advice? Reading past threads and people complaining that it took 4 months for a Special Issuance (SI) is disappointing as I have to add 2 months due to the shutdown. Can I call multiple times so that I can be classified as an "interested airman?" or is that a past trick?