Monday, May 19, 2008

Sleep Study

At Andrew's yearly check up I expressed some concern about his sleeping habits. He snores, has nose bleeds, doesn't regularly sleep through the night and most concerning it sounds like he stops breathing. Our doctor referred us to a pulmonologist at Akron Children's Hospital. Today was our appointment and Andrew was very excited. The kid likes going to the doctor. I think that is because they always give toys & stickers at the end.

Dr Omlor believes he has allergies & obstructive sleep apnea but ordered a sleep study to be sure. This involves one of us staying overnight with him at the hospital while he sleeps and they run various tests. They measure brain waves, eye,leg and chin movement, oxygen & carbon dioxide levels and EKG.

If not treated obstructive sleep apnea can lead to developmental problems due to lack of quality sleep, high blood pressure & heart problems because his heart is working extra hard to properly move blood through the lungs.

Thankfully, the treatment is fairly simple; surgery to remove the tonsils and or adenoids takes care of the problem in most cases.

Andrew's sleep study is scheduled for June 24th. I will let you know more then.

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