A quick story for you this afternoon, and then some pictures of our littles:)
It was a cold, snowy January afternoon when it arrived on our doorstep.
Jake had just been released from the hospital after being admitted for pneumonia. His release, however, was a conditional one. The condition: he had to be on oxygen for napping and sleeping, since he couldn’t quite keep his oxygen saturation levels up to what they should be. (Side Note: Hindsight really is 20-20. It turns out that the reason for the low O2 levels had nothing to do with his lungs or his sickness, but rather with his Obstructive Sleep Apnea)
It was a cold, snowy January afternoon when it arrived on our doorstep. All of it.
The oxygen machine. The 25 foot cord. The nasal prongs. The humidifier. The portable tanks with carrying case. The adhesive pads. The whole 9 yards. It was a new reality for us. It was work; teaching Jake how to wear it, how to keep it on, trusting that the oxygen was doing its job and keeping Jake’s little body saturated with oxygen at adequate levels.
Fast forward to last week. Since we started the CPAP with Jake, we wanted to see how his oxygen saturation levels were doing while on the CPAP machine. We brought home an oximetry monitor, which reads Jake’s oxygen levels. We put it on all night long, and went for a follow-up to see the results the next day at the Children’s Hospital.
And…we were DISCHARGED FROM OXYGEN!!!
The CPAP machine is working so well that Jake’s average level throughout the night was 97%! (Compared to an average of about 75% with no CPAP). They were so pleased with his results that they told us to call our oxygen provider and get them to come and pick up their equipment.
It was a cool, windy April afternoon when we finally got to say…Good Riddance to the oxygen machine!!!
And that was the exciting news in our house last week:)