Wednesday, July 14, 2010

At Children's Hospital for Sleep

A sleep study that is.

Brayden and I headed down to Children's for a quick round of 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for his sleep study.

The past few hospital stays, the nurses and doctors noticed that Brayden's heart rate and breathing go extremely low a few times during his sleep. Low enough that they put him on oxygen while he was admitted. During one stay, Jeremy left the room and came back to find a team of people surrounding him preparing for action. But Brayden recovers, on his own, from these moments.

A sleep study was ordered for him to see if he needs to be on a CPAP or nasal cannula for bedtime. He has not been on one but as he gets bigger it may be harder for is body to recover from the extremely low heart rate and breathing.

We loaded up all his gear and did the sleep study. The results will be at least a few weeks.

The sleep study is considered out patient so we had to bring ALL of Brayden's gear, including diapers and wipes. I had to bring the meds, feeding pump and supplies and his suction machine (which is too heavy). It required two trips to the car to bring it all in. I looked like I was setting up for the week.

By about 9:00 p.m. Brayden was hooked up and ready to go. He slept pretty well not much different than when he is at home. Then at 5:30 a.m. the tech can in, turned on the lights, unhooked Brayden and told us we were free to go.

4 comments:

Shannon said...

I am sorry you had to lug all off the equipment upstairs, but glad it went well.

Debbie said...

praying you don't need more "equipment" at home for your little guy. Hopefully his normal sleep pattern is safe.

I am sure you are tired...get some rest!

Lesley said...

Wow, what an undertaking! I am hoping his results are OK :)

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

Lugging all the equipment does NOT sound fun. When we had an overnight EEG, we brought all of Emily's meds and they insisted on using their own. Then we got charged for them later - LOVELY!

Praying that you get some good information from the study. Brayden looks so sweet snuggling with his little monkey.