So, I am new to this group and would like to intruduce myself: my name is katie and I have 3 wonderful, active boys ages 9,7, & 4, & we live in Mobile,Al which is in the United States. The whole reason I came to this site is about my 4 year old named Andrew. He is living with Obstructive and Central sleep apnea and even though he has been diagnosed with it no doctor can tell me the one answer I want the most. WHY? I will say that they believe he will grow out of the older he gets, they say 5 to 6 years. He has been through more then any adult I know, he even stopped breathing on the operating table when he had adnoid and tonsils taken out, I had to fight two doctors who just wanted to put a trach tube in perfectly healthly (by day) little boy, he just couldn't do the most important thing he needed to do at night BREATH. Thankfully, we now drive 5 hours away to a children hospital in Birmingham, Al where we found a wonderful doctor who diagnosed him and said don't worry "I will CPAP him and he will be perferctly fine, you will just have to adjust your life alittle bit", and so, that is what we have done.Night by night I set my alarm twice a night and get up and check to see is mask on or off,if its on GREAT, mom turns around and back to bed, if mask if off YUCK mom turns on small light sits Andrew up puts the mask back together because if the mask is off you can bet Andrew has torn it all to pieces getting it off, puts mask back on and says 123 here it comes and knows the air is getting ready to come out so for comfort I guess he puts both hands on his full face mask and holds on tight. And then mom goes back to bed. My hope and dream is that one day I won't have to set the alarm clock and Andrew will sleep all night with his mask on, but until that day I am prepared to do what it takes even if for the next 5 years I have to get up 1,2, or 3 times a night. Besides, why wouldn't I do it for him, I have to be his voice and after 2 surgeries, countless 5 hour drives to the childrens hospital, numoruss doctors either tellling me nothing is wrong with him or how lucky I am that he is even alive and that he shouldn't be here,not to mention he has Left Ventricular Hyertriphy on his heart that was caused by his sleep apnea and that the CPAP will stop.
I am so happy I found this group because unless you have a child with sleep apnea then you really can't understand what I am going through, so many people don't even know that Andrew has it because to him in the day he looks and acts perfectly normal, I'm the one that looks like somethings wrong from not getting a full nights sleep.
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