Dr. K. called and left a voicemail on my cell. I was trying to call into the local radio station to win movie tickets and missed his call. *sigh*
Jamie is apparently still having apnea episodes. According to the report, he had 24 desaturations during the nine hour period that he was monitored last night. While this shows improvement (the last time we monitored in this manner he had around 32), he is still doing it far more than he should. Having 10 or less desats during a sleep cycle is considered normal. Each apnea episode does not necessarily trigger a desaturation, so we have no idea how often he actually stops breathing. We'd need to do another sleep study to figure THAT out. Ick.
Anyway, at this point the recommendation is that he continue to be monitored. I will call Dr. K. on Monday to see if I can get a copy of the report. Brad and I would also like to know how far his oxygen levels dropped. Last time he dropped to the mid-80 percent range and we are curious to find out if that has gotten better at all.
I was really hoping that we'd hear that he no longer showed signs of apnea. I was SURE that I'd have to fight to keep the monitors and prepared to do so. Guess that won't be necessary.
Truth is, I'd rather fight for monitors we don't need than to hear that my boy continues to stop breathing in the night. Today's news was so disheartening. I almost miss those days now when the docs would look at us and shrug and tell us they couldn't find anything.
So, for now I'll do what I've been doing. I'll take care of him and keep him safe. He will continue to be happy and healthy and growing and strong and smart...and I'll try not to worry so much.
This too shall pass.