The Sleep Study

so in early november emmeline's new ENT ordered a sleep study. well, since it is now early december i called to see why we hadn't heard when our appointment was. they told me that the soonest appointment was in march. when she started to make my appointment she asked if i could hold. i don't know why they ask that. what would happen if you say no? anyway, when she came back she said they had just had a cancelation and could fit em in the next night. last night. josh and i talked for quite some time about who would stay wit her. i have a significant amount of anxiety surrounding hospitals and there fore would love to never have to set foot in one ever again. with emmeline this isn't really possible. josh was willing to cancel his school obligations to stay with her but int eh end i knew i would be just as stressed if i stayed home then i would be there. or so i thought.
for those of you who have never had one done, it stinks. they stick a ton ~25-30 little sensors to you all with their own cord. then they taped them all over her body. legs, chest, neck, face, head, back, you name it. after all those were on they taped a sensor on her upper lip and then put on a nasal cannula. needless to say she was most seriously displeased.
she had a very hard time falling to sleep. obviously. they wouldn't let her sleep in her nap nanny so that was an adventure as well. the nurse kept coming in and telling me to comfort/cuddle her. after a few times i finally broke down and told her that emmeline doesn't like cuddles when she is angry. she doesn't want pitty she wants results. she isn't crying to be held, she is crying because she wants you to take this crap off of her and if you wont do that she doesn't want you to touch her. the nurse was a bit surprised by this but in the morning she told me that whenever em would wake up she noticed she would just look to see if i was there and then i would touch her hand/back/face what have you and she would go back to sleep. seriously? i was right? who knew that the person who has taken care of her for a year would know what they were talking about?!
anyway, after a few hours em had had enough "episodes" to be put on a CPAP. they are terrible and i did not take a picture of her in this because there was no way i was going to make her wear it for even a second longer then she had to. it was awful. it basically blew high pressure air up her nose to keep the airway open. i was sure she would hate me in the morning. i was pleased to see this face in the morning when we took it off of her.

they had to wrap her head in gauze she she wouldn't pull off the sensors. we had already removed the lip and nose stuff at this point.

if you thought the first smile was happy wait until you see how happy she was to have everything off.

note the crazy hair. this was after i had smoothed it down. it took a while to wash out all the glue but she sure was happy.

all in all she has...obstructive apnea. who knew? oh wait, i did!


Terra said...

That's some bedhead! i would feel better with that smile directed at me too :) ummm...didn't they already know her nose is all closed off? Isn't that what started the whole thing?

Megan said...

um, her nose isn't closed off.

Whitney said...

How Miserable! Poor Baby! she sure is a cutie though. Who wouldn't love that smile! It melts my heart.

Megan said...

sorry, about the short comment earlier. that was after i had tried to take a map but failed and was exhausted. her nose WAS closed off but has been open since she was 5 weeks old. so it most likely isn't the cause of her apnea.

Josh said...

The ENT thinks it's likely her tonsils. Here comes another surgery!


Laura said...

They should have given you drugs to sleep:)

Shiree said...

I love your spunk coming through in this post, Megan. It sounds like a terrible, horrible, awful night. I'm sorry. Hope you have a good vacation in NC!!