Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Prognosis {Juvenile Sleep Study}

Peter (11) well connected for his sleep study at Providence Hospital, Everett, WA

The results are in: Peter has sleep apnea like his Grandpa Pete and his Uncle Pete and his Uncle Clark.
We learned that at one point during his sleep study Peter stopped breathing for 42 seconds, which is nothing compared to his grandpa who stopped breathing for over a minute and whose heart actually stopped beating during his sleep study.  Peter's average breathing stoppage was 4 per hour, with 18 per hour during REM sleep.  

Treatment phase 1 involves having his tonsils and adenoids removed.  Peter is not very happy about having surgery, even with the promise of ice cream and Popsicles.  The hope of helping him get better quality sleep and improve his overall health make the set-back of surgery seem worthwhile. 

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