Nevermind, I ended up just going with my workaround. I put some timestamps on it and it all happened within a second. I can't argue a second is going to matter in my specific project. The only thing when testing I've found, is that it sometimes finds a false positive and says the monitor is off when it's not. I'm thinking that has to do with me not giving it enough time to write to the text file.
For those of you interested here is what I ended up doing:
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#This is the file where we will write a command line response to,
# in order to look for a substring in later
#xset q gets a complete status of current settings
# write the response to the file we chose
xset q > $output_file
#give time for the file to be written
#After the sleep is complete, we will search for the monitor status
# by looking for a specific string given in the response
if grep -F "Monitor is On" $output_file
echo "Monitor status : On"
echo "Monitor status: Off"
#Force the monitor back on
xset dpms force on
I just want to clarify this is not equivalent to shutting the monitor off through power, this is to get rid of the screensaver (which I want in my project)