The next step is to have a consult with an ear, nose and throat specialist to determine if the obstruction is his tonsils or adenoids. I asked what the obstruction would be if it WASN'T those things, I couldn't think what else is there. Wrong question. We talked about since Alex has spina bifida and low muscle tone in areas, that this could be creating an issue with breathing during the deeper stages of sleep. His actual airway could be "floppy" or something like that. Well I won't go into the rest of the possibilities because that would just be getting way too ahead of ourselves. We'll do the ENT consult first and hoping its something relatively simple to treat or fix.
This was the article I found that gave some general information about this type of apnea in children.
We will also be meeting with the doctor from the sleep study to get all of the results. At this point we are thinking/hoping that his apnea is on the mild side but again we are just guessing because of what we see at home on the monitors and from what we can understand. The sleep study obviously has way more sophisticated equipment and you have no sense of all the data they are collecting.
Alex is such a trooper. He got more sleep than what we anticipated that night (we honestly didn't think he'd get much at all). Luckily he did sleep some but woke up A LOT and none too happy not to see his brother or his familiar surroundings every time he woke. He was however soooo good while getting all of those sensors and belts on which took over 30 minutes to get all hooked up and it was already past his bedtime. He was not as good keeping them on. (surprise, surprise). He managed to pull some of these off during the night (a couple of times) but he probably just wanted to give those ladies an excuse to keep coming in and visit the cute little boy again. He sure is a charmer!
Even when he comes home and we find him with his oxygen out of his nose AGAIN.
Somehow he managed to get part of the tape off and the other still stuck on his cheek
If you can see, the canula is hanging off to the right of his mouth. Not exactly where it needs to be.
close but not close enough. sigh.
and the look on his face: "why do you people keep bothering me?
some people are trying to sleep you know."
yep he's a cutie even covered in baked beans
a cutie even when he thinks its fun to clap his hands as hard as possible
so that the juices from the baked beans go flying....every where.
Yes, it got much worse than this, just had to hide my camera soon after.
Ofcourse Alex couldn't have all the fun.
Nicholas has been doing "so big" everywhere
so this yummy lunch managed to double as a hair moisturizing treatment
(don't try this at home!)
This is what he does when he's all done or thinks he is anyway;
not dramatic or anything.