Today’s word is happiness (again!).
I have been wanting to post this for a while, so although it is not brand new information, it is still pretty incredible. For those of you who have been following my blog for any length of time, you will remember that I have written a few times about Jake’s issues with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
This post explains our journey of getting a diagnosis of OSA.
This post speaks to the beginning of our saga with the CPAP machine (this is the breathing machine that Jake uses at night to help combat OSA).
This post talks about the surgery Jake had to remove his tonsils and adenoids, in an effort to help him breathe better.
The short version of the story is this:
After a sleep study at the Children’s Hospital back in March 2014, we received an official diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. At the end of the study, they assign a number, called the “Apnea-Hypopnea Index” (AHI). Put very simply, this number represents the number of times that the individual stops breathing in one hour. According to our Respirologist, anything over 10 would be classified as severe sleep apnea for someone like Jake.
Jake’s number was 94.
This basically means that every 45 seconds or less Jake stops breathing. All. Night. Long. It was as our Respirologist was explaining this number to me that she stopped to add, “in light of this information, my question is ‘when IS he breathing?'”. Because of this, Jake was expedited in the line to have his tonsils and adenoids removed. He went in for surgery at the end of May, and then in mid-August we had a follow-up sleep study, to once again monitor his sleeping patterns and see if the surgery had made a difference.
And here’s the amazing news…
Before the surgery, the number of times Jake stopped breathing in an hour was 94.
After the surgery, it has gone down…
94 to 11. To me, that is incredible.
He still needs the CPAP machine at night. 11 is still considered “severe” sleep apnea. But to me, 11 is amazing:)