I need your help with my Little Guy. I'm hoping that at least one of you has been through something similar with one of your children and can give me good advice please. Let me lay it all out for you?
When I was about five or six, my little brother and I had our tonsils out. Mom says we were sick all the time prior to that. I know that growing up after that we were almost never sick. I'd wait for my annual cold to have it done with. Even as an adult, my colds are really mild and infrequent.
My Hunny, as some of you know, was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. He stops breathing all night long, causing oxygen deprivation, sending his blood pressure through the roof, making him exhausted all the time. You get the picture. And it's been this way the 16 years we've shared a bed.
Little Guy is my one child who always has a cold. Always a runny nose, anyway. He's taken all kinds of stuff for it. Last year the doc prescribed DAllergy, which he took pretty steadily for awhile and it seemed to make no difference. I've given him NyQuil at night so he could at least sleep and function the next day (when it's definitely been a cold), DayQuil in the morning so his school work won't suffer. And recently we've been wandering upstairs at night to listen to him sleep. Sure enough, when he has a cold he stops breathing frequently in his sleep.
Here I owe a big thank you to Sports Mama. She tipped me off to the possibility of sleep apnea in children, even the possibility that it causes ADHD-like symptoms. I was under the impression that apnea was an adult thing. Thank you SM!!!
Our last visit to the doc, I gave her this whole run-down and she referred us to an ENT, after proclaiming that Little Guy had a sinus infection, his tonsils and lymph nodes were huge, and prescribed antibiotics. I hate antibiotics and avoid them unless absolutely necessary. Another post, another time. He took them, he stopped blowing green, but is still congested. So we went to the ENT this week, who looked and said that the nose looked pretty clear, but the tonsils were pretty darn big. Let's get them and the adenoids out. And let's use this prescription nasal spray for the next few weeks (something we hadn't tried) just to eliminate the allergy question.
Next day we saw our doc again. She says, "Take Zyrtec too, as long as you're working the allergy angle." So two nights in a row Little Guy has taken Zyrtec. It's supposed to work immediately and well (my husband uses it). I walked up this morning to make sure kids were awake and heard Little Guy snoring. He's snored since he was little. It was disheartening.
The surgery (30 minute out-patient surgery now) is scheduled for July. Tonsils and adenoids. I don't have any problem with having this taken care of, given the whole family history and Little Guy's on-going issues. But I wanted to see if any of you have dealt with anything similar and might see something which I'm missing? I don't want to do the wrong thing by my kid if I can at all help it. I thank you greatly in advance.
Until I write again ...