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If I could go back in time: Sleep Apnea and Tonsillectomies
Raising kids is full of ups and downs and there are definitely things I wish I could have done differently along the way. If I could, for example, I would have changed the way I handled video games at an earlier age. But even though I have some regrets about that, it’s nothing I couldn’t change now if I wanted to. There is one thing, though, I didn’t handle well and now that it is done, I cannot undo the consequences.
My middle son, most likely had undiagnosed sleep apnea for 4 years. I noticed the first symptoms at 1 year of age and his tonsils and adenoids were removed at 5. In between, he was chronically unrested which led to behavior issues and academic delays that I believe still haunt us to this day.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do about his journey. But, with my youngest just being ordered a sleep apnea test, I thought I would tell our story so others may avoid all the difficulties we had.
Articles on Sleep Apnea
- Stanford Children’s Health-Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Mayo Clinic- Pediatric Sleep Apnea
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- My One Regret (0:38)
- I’m Not a Doctor (3:58)
- What is Sleep Apnea? (4:34)
- Causes of Sleep Apnea (6:06)
- My Child Snores (6:58)
- ENT Visit (10:10)
- Symptoms of Sleep Apnea (10:44)
- How to Get Diagnosed (15:54)
- Treatment (18:32)
- Tonsillectomy Tips (19:30)