I’m not sure if you all remember that our son, Lucas, has had some speech delays. We’ve had him in various speech circles and he has DRASTICALLY improved since he started back in 2012. Fast-forward to this summer when he was still napping on the days I let him and I took a trip to IKEA with my good friend and Lucas wanted to come along for the ride.
We were driving back home and Lucas fell asleep, as usual, and started his typical snoring. My friend looked at me and was like, “Michelle, does he always snore like that?!” I just laughed and said yeah. She then continued with, “Umm, that’s not normal.” I agreed and thought it was a bit odd but that I didn’t want to seem like I was overreacting….I tend to do that sometimes. Google and WebMD are my BFF’s. Sometimes my kids may have a case of malaria or typhoid fever…or just your ever day virus…you know….totally normal.
Well, a few days later he asked me to look in his mouth because it hurt. He had bitten his cheek but all I noticed were his MASSIVE tonsils! I mean, people, they were MASSIVE. I immediately asked him if his throat hurt and he said no, just his cheek. I knew he wasn’t sick so I added it to my list of things to talk about with the doctor.
We show up for his 4yr well-check and sure enough the doctor gave us an immediate referral to an ENT.
His ENT appointment went like this:
“His tonsils are what we call “kissing tonsils”, does he have any sleep issues?”
Umm….snoring, he stops breathing occasionally, breathes funny.
“Does he have any developmental delays?”
Yup. Speech and some motor delays.
“Does he still nap regularly?”
Every chance we let him.
After that appointment we were told once an opening came up, he’d be getting a tonsillectomy due to his sleep apnea and kissing tonsils and they’d see if his adenoids needed removed, but if they were normal sized they’d leave them in.
Since Lucas has started school I can tell the lack of sleep is really effecting him. He is more irritable, has mood swings, is EXHAUSTED when he comes home and just isn’t my boy. I am really looking forward to this surgery next week because I really want him to just be able to sleep properly for the first time in over 4 years!!
You know, when we first got the word about this I felt so guilty! I felt like I should have known there was a problem since he was such a great sleeper and had the delays. Then I was angry at our medical staff. How did they not catch this after 4 years?!!!
Now I’m just thankful that he has this opportunity to fix this problem and hopefully fix a lot of the issues he’s having.
If you would just pray for him on Monday and for the following weeks during his recovery I’d really appreciate it. I know it’s just a ‘regular’ surgery, but remember, WebMD and google are my BFF’s so I know the rare side effects.