If you are a regular reader, you know the whole sleep apnea saga going on. If you’re not, just do a search on side and you can see my previous posts. In a nutshell, my son (just turned 16) has been diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. It explained a lot of the problems he was having – tiredness, inability to concentrate, snoring, etc.
He had his tonsils and adenoids removed in February. (I have to give a shout out here to UF Shands Hospital and their staff – they are the BEST!!) After about a week, we could tell a world of difference. As in a complete, 180 degree difference. We had been praying that the surgery would completely fix the problem.
No more snoring.
No more excessive sleep required.
Overall, better everything.
And then we had to have another sleep study test. He hates them. I don’t like them. But it was required by insurance and I wanted to see the difference since I was convinced he had been cured.
But then the doctor called. The very next day. That’s never good.
He still had sleep apnea and the numbers, while improved, was still bad enough to be considered pretty severe.
I was devastated.
My son was even more upset. He hates doctors. He hates tests. And he really just wanted all of this to be over with.
We made another appointment with his ENT. There’s nothing else they would recommend doing.
We had to go see a cardiologist. Thankfully, everything checked out fine with his ticker.
Now, here we are.
If it’s “obstructive”, shouldn’t that just mean you can remove the obstruction and the problem is solved??!!!
The problem is, we don’t know what is causing the obstruction.
So, the only solution is for him to live with wearing the CPAP machine for the rest of his life. And continue having sleep studies every year. That does not make for a happy camper!!
I’ve always looked at natural ways to improve our health. So we will be focusing on losing a little weight and see if that helps. I will make an appointment with an orthodontist. I know he needs braces anyway and I’ve read that there’s some mouth pieces that can help some cases of sleep apnea.
I’ve even read that playing a didgeridoo can help.
And I got tagged in an article yesterday about a new mini CPAP alternative that might be available soon, photo credit below to Airing, the company that designed this!! Since my son hates the bulkiness of the regular machine and is claustrophobic, this might just be the answer.