Sunday, August 11, 2013

Matt's Sleep Study: Post-Supraglottoplasty

I was happy to get a sleep study booked for Friday night - this meant that I would be able to sleep on Saturday during the day, since Dennis would be home to watch the boys. I drove Matthew up to Buffalo Children's and we were ushered into the waiting room just as the sun was starting to set.

The sleep study tech was not quite ready for us, so she sent us to the playroom. Matthew was happy to play with the toys. I, however, was not happy that someone had changed the channel on the waiting room television to play Bones. This television show is definitely not for children, and Matthew was rapt with attention as they showed a half-rotted corpse on the show. I finally found a power button on the side of the TV. Matt went back to playing with his pirates. I was not happy.

We were finally ushered into a room and Matt changed into his pajamas. Matt played on the Kindle Fire with the Bad Piggies game, using it to test out several rocket designs. Sleep studies are much easier at this age, as the kiddos can entertain themselves!

At 9:30, hook-up started. By 10:00, Matt was settled in bed and I was reading a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. He wasn't happy about the nasal cannula, but left it alone. He's actually giggling in the picture below - I was worried it would take him a long time to fall asleep.

Fortunately, he fell asleep almost as soon as I turned the lights out. He stayed asleep until 2:30 am, when he woke briefly and said, "I think it is dusk outside," then immediately fell back to sleep. I managed to get about an hour of sleep, which is much better than getting no sleep at all. At least I would be somewhat coherent on my drive back to Jamestown.

The lights came on at 5:00 am, and we grabbed some Tim Horton's donuts (and a coffee for me). We were home by 7:30 am. I thought I would nap during the day, but I have a hard time sleeping during daytime hours. Matt and I both had early bedtimes that night, though!

I won't get the results from Matthew's sleep study until October 28, which is when we have our follow-up appointment with the ENT. Hopefully his sleep apnea is gone!


Herding Grasshoppers said...

It must be hard to wait for the results! But what good news that with his maturity the whole things was NOT traumatic :D


dlefler said...

I didn't have to wait long.. the ENT's office called to move up his appointment because his surgery was a failure (apnea is at the same level as it was pre-op). Back to the drawing board... at least Nolan's apnea is fixed/under control!

Kyla said...

I discovered the secret to sleeping at a sleep very sick and take 2 benadryl. I didn't look at a single monitor all night!