Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The Good, The Bad and The Stinky!! :)
Happy 2014! Just wanted to wrap up our 2013 with a little update. Max is doing great, but a little hiccup in his normal restful sleeps. He started lightly snoring (which is uncommon for him) and then it got progressively worse. He ended up getting a horrible cold in December, so I called the Endocrinologist because he has not had a sleep study for over a year and I was worried that with upping his dosage of Growth Hormone, his adenoids and/or tonsils were getting enlarged and impeding his breathing at night, then the cold making it much worse. He was snoring like an old man! LOL! So, we set up a sleep study, met with our Pediatrician regarding his cold and to take a peek at his tonsils and adenoids. His tonsils look okay, but he thought possibly his adenoids were enlarged. So December 22nd we had our sleep study, which always is such a tough night for Max. He is so amazing with all the "stickers" they put all over his head, and body, belts around his stomach, but when it comes time for the sticker under his nose (first time for that one now that he is over 3 years old)and the nasal cannula (fancy word for tube, it's that clear tube like thing that runs behind your ear and through your nose NOT for oxygen, but to monitor his breathing through his nasal passageways)the freak out begins! Each year (this is our 3rd study) it gets better, but how do you explain why it's there rationally to a 3 year old. He whimpered and cried, but this year only pulled it out a few times during the night, and really did amazing considering. I just got the results and there does show some abnormalities in his deep REM breathing and signs of mild sleep apnea. So, Monday we have our first ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) appointment to review the results, have a check up on those Adenoids officially and tonsils and figure out where we go from here. I know it's pretty common to have them removed, it just sucks he has to go through another thing, and add yet another doctor to his pile. He is an unbelievable trouper though. I took pictures for him of the sleep study, so he could see and understand what was going on. He smiled for the camera even though he was miserable and now loves looking at the pictures of his "sleep study" and how brave he was! Good or bad, Max loves Doctors and Nurses since they pay him such attention. We play doctor at home, so he loves when they check his heart, ears etc...he thinks it is such a great game! :) To top it off, Steve and I have been crazy sick all of winter break (thank goodness Max cleared his cold and didn't get our stomach flu!) so we just hung around all winter break, which leads me to the STINKY!! Haha! Potty Training! It's our 3rd try and I am doing hard core, no pants or under in the house. Now that he is a bit older, he just doesn't go that often, so it's hard to figure out a schedule. He also doesn't know when he is going or doesn't want to stop playing to sit on the potty. All typical stuff. So, we are on day 9 I think and have made some progress, but definitely not there. At home, we just do no diapers, and when we go out, Pull Ups and just don't stress on having to get to the potty in time. Not to gross anyone out, just make sure you cover up furniture and prepare for pee and poop on the floor, furniture and his clothes or yourself! I swear with all the medical stuff we have had to do with Max, Feeding tubes, hospital stays, this has been the hardest for me! Hard to believe, and maybe my memory is now fading on the crazy stuff of the past couple of years, but I HATE HATE Potty Training! Hopefully my next report will be a HUGE Success Banner!