Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sleepless is Salt Lake

As an infant Dayton use to snore and we thought it was cute. As a toddler her had his tonsils and adnoids removed due to chronic ear infections. The ENT found a necrotic tissue fold on one of them which explained a lot of acute illness and some really rotten breath for a small adorable little child!

He did not sleep through the night until he was almost 3 which made for some very tired parents! At the time we were working full time, going to school, tending to his little sister (who was an amazing sleeper) and his Dad was traveling!

He's now 5 and still snores like a little lumberjack. If he isn't snoring he still breathes quite heavily and wakes fairly often. A few weeks back he saw a Pulmonary Respirtory Pediatric Sleep Specialist who ordered a sleep study.

His Dad took him overnight to the center and Wendesday we go in for the results that we were originally promised could be done via a conversation over the phone. Needless to say I am just a little nervous and anxious to hear what the doctor has to report. The next step she had prescribed was a scope while he is under general anesthesia in coordination with his ENT. I guess we'll see...ugh.

He was originally apprehensive and resistent to this adventure at the sleep center. He chose his Dad to accompany him and pulled through like a champ! Children are so resilent and wonderful! If only my nerves were the same!!! Our goal is to help our little dude not be so dang fatigued.

On the B Side: I am so crazy grateful for medical insurance. I know that there are many American and also people world wide who do not have access to Medical care. It's easy to see your pay check and feel ripped off given the amount of money that is taken out for such purpose but the botom line (like it or not) is that it isn't an entitlement or a right but a privilege. Thank goodness we have been so fortunate because my children are like little petri dishes!

4 shout outs:

Fiagle Family said...

I think its funny that they tests kids sleeping with all this crap on them that doesnt really allow them to sleep anyway. katelynn snores too and she was tested as a little kid..13 months. She had a pony tail of wires on her head from all 20 leads on her head. I was over due with Brynlee sleeping on a chair with her since Jeremy had finals that day and couldnt go down to Salt Lake. She grew out of hers and all was well..So I hope you have a happy eanding too but I know how hard it must be wondering that everything will work out.

Britta said...

Amanda, I can't imagine how hard that must have been but I am glad that all worked out well for your little K. 13 months?! Ugh. Overdue?! Double ugh. Finals? How did you not go crazy??

I really appreciate your insight. I suppose that as parents these kind of things make us stronger. Dayton have a family full of CPAP. Whatever it takes to help him. Wednesday cannot come fast enough!


Clancy in Idaho said...

Having kids never ceases to be anything but a wild ride! Looks like that will be a good thing to get figured out and behind you. Good job to the D-man for his many wired bravery! What a cutie-pie!


Kristin said...

Kudos to Dayton for being tough. Kudos to you all for making it sanely through the rollercoaster ride of it all. And finally major kudos to you for recognizing what a privilege it is to have insurance and good health care options. I think it's easy to forget that we aren't entitled to that.