Friday, 1 May 2009

More sleep studies

Raphael had two more sleep tests in Hobart and he continued to maintain excellent saturations over night. So with this information we organised another full Polysomnography test in Melbourne for 29-30/4/2009.

To cut a long story short, this latest test confirmed the good results that he appeared to be having in Hobart.

The Doctor told us that the previous test in Melbourne showed 23 apnoea events each hour. To put this in perspective 1 is normal and 5 is extreme so Raphael was really struggling then. This recent test showed that Raphael had improved down to just 3.5 events per hour. This result is good enough to put a stop to CPAP. We were warned not to get rid of the machine though because if he comes down with a respiratory infection then he may need to temporarily go back on it again.

We also still need to continue to monitor him because since he has stopped CPAP we have noticed that his stridor (gurgly/raspy breathing) has come back again strongly during the day. If this is still there after six months then it may be worth another full sleep study in Melbourne to make sure that nothing is getting worse with his sleeping.

As for Annie and I, we are celebrating the opportunity of getting uninterrupted sleep for the first time in three years.

And a short video like the one from 2008: