Yesterday Noah had a doctor's appointment at Children's Hospital with an ORL specialist (that is Otolaryngology which is a fancy way of saying an ear, nose and throat doctor). We got this appointment because of Noah's sleep issues. Basically since he was about 5 months old (or earlier, I suppose), he has had some kind of sleep apnea where he stops breathing for up to 8 seconds at a time in his sleep, often many times throughout the night. The poor kid has never had a REALLY good night's sleep! In Nairobi an x-ray showed that his adenoids are enlarged, but the small treatments we tried there didn't help.
So we saw this specialist - an experienced, Irish doctor who is the head of the department - and he could tell through a camera up Noah's nose that his adenoids are obstructing 60-70% of Noah's air passage. We also learned that his eating issue - choking on everything! - could be related. The doctor prescribed a sleep study to determine what is going on throughout Noah's body when he has apnea and then he will remove the adenoids. We were hoping to get all of this done ASAP since our next international travel is looming in the new year. Luckily, when I called the sleep lab at the hospital this morning they let me know that they had an opening for tonight.
Noah is asleep in a hospital crib next to me right now. He has about 25 different wires attached to his head, face, chest and legs (note: he was not thrilled about this). To keep him from pulling the wires off, his whole head is wrapped in gauze so he looks like he has a head injury. Poor little guy. There are cameras and microphones in the room and every move and bodily function is being monitored until 6 am tomorrow. Kristoffer is sleeping in the room next door since they don't have a full house tonight, because I didn't want to come in with him by myself but only one of us is allowed in the sleep lab. (Grace is at home with Nene and Pops; she got to help Nene make Christmas candy tonight...so all is definitely well there.)
We hope the study gives useful and accurate information - the technician said a LOT of parents report that their children sleep unusually well for their study, and we really hope this is not us. It sounds crazy, but I hope he has one of his worst nights so that they can really see how serious the situation is. Sometimes he wakes up 10 or 12 times a night. We also hope that they are able to schedule the surgery as quickly as possible so that this boy (and, ok, us too) can start getting some really good sleep. We are all tired!
He is 11 months old tomorrow and his first Christmas is just a few days away. I hope the little sleep he gets tonight will be full of very sweet dreams...and even though I hate to put him through the upcoming surgery, we really look forward to getting his adenoids out!