Honestly, the results were a bit of a surprise to us. Any time we had looked at the monitor the two nights we had it, Elijah's saturations were fine. We didn't sit up watching it all night and I'm thankful that I didn't. Before I start beating myself up for not noticing the de-saturations, how would we have known? For both of the nights that we had the monitor, Elijah woke up in the middle of the night and spent the rest of the night sleeping (literally) on top of me. I didn't notice a thing. His de-saturations are definitely subtle. So, he's probably been doing this his entire life, we just didn't realize it. That makes me so frustrated and upset. Not getting good sleep is definitely bad for your development and it makes me sad that he's got one more thing working against him.
So, what's next? My awesome hubby (see previous post) got us in to see the sleep doctor this Wednesday - basically by calling and bugging the office people. :) They fit us in with a shorter appointment (we have a half hour when they usually like to do an hour). We have to meet with a sleep doc to talk about Elijah's history before they will order a sleep study. Hopefully we can do a sleep study soon so we can get to the bottom of the problem - we need to find out if the problem is brain-related or if Elijah has some sort of obstruction in his airway. I'm not really sure what the course of action is for either, but I'm already starting to envision Elijah's room with monitors and oxygen and that makes me sad.
Sometimes I feel like "what next?" Just when life seems to be plugging along, something else gets thrown at us. We'll deal with sleep apnea. It's not the end of the world, but at times it feels like it is. It's hard to put things in God's hands.
Sleep apnea would actually explain a lot when it comes to Elijah. He's never been a good sleeper (although, since his second set of HBOT, he has been sleeping better - falling asleep in the highchair and the car as the pictures illustrate). I'm glad we don't let Elijah cry it out - he can sleep in bed with us, he can sleep on top of me, he can cry for me in the middle of the night…as long as he's safe.
So, here we are in limbo. Waiting to know more, but a little scared of the sleep that could be harming our boy. I'll keep you all posted.