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Friday, April 23, 2010

Acid reflux... Sleep Apnea... Inspiration to be crafty!

Tuesday evening was terrifying at best... I am used to ry having trouble breathing because he has done it since he was a newborn... However I am not used to not being able to get him to breathe again with a simple flip and pat on the back! 

Sorry for being long winded but here is the story....My grandfather who was holding him while I cleaned the kitchen said he was not breathing. I grabbed him up flipped him over and got him to start again... I sat down with him to see if he did it again and he started thrashing around and and would not breathe for a good 20 seconds. Scary? YES! 

So off to the hospital we went (while I was getting ready he had several more mini episodes)... 

They admitted us almost immediately for observation and took us up to the pediatrics floor, where they put him on a apnea monitor and what I call his ET light (the red light on the toe). 

And so commenced our first overnight hospital stay since his birth. I think I slept a combination of 30 minutes at 3 minute intervals all night. He set the apnea monitor off at least 5 times in the first two hours alone! It made me stop and think wow... how many times had he stopped breathing for 20 seconds during the night and I did not know? You cannot tell when he stops breathing like that he usually sleeps right through it. 

Long story short they started him on zantac the next morning and refreshed my memory in infant CPR. The doctors say it is his Acid Reflux that is causing the sleep apnea. (duh!) Apparently it is more severe than we were led to believe in the first place. So he is on soy formula with cereal in EVERY bottle and zantac 3 times a day. Plus we took a sleep apnea monitor home and he has to be hooked up to it almost constantly. 

Our problem of being on an incline and sliding down came back and with the monitor it was even harder cause as he slid so did his leads which made the machine go off which made baby and I both jump! 

So thrifty mommy to the rescue... I found something called a Tucker Sling (
 and rather than spent 60-70 dollars on it (which I don't have unless I don't want my kid to have diapers lol) I figured 5 dollars worth of fabric some already had thread and some velcro and we would be in business. 

So I drew up what I thought it should look like on a piece of wrapping paper and cut out my pattern. I laid my fabric out and got to work. 4 hours, and one bleeding finger later (sewed my finger in the machine... street cred with the crafters?), I produced... The MOMMY IS A MIRACLE WORKER SLING! :P 

Fabric from walmart ... 5 bucks buddy! The rest of the supplies I had laying around and he has NOT MOVED YET! YES! 

And a closer look at the fabric for your viewing pleasure...

So not we will both sleep better.. him cause he is going to be able to breathe and mommy knowing she has a "babysitter" that will let her know if her angel needs help. 

1 comment:

Sandy said...

Very neat!!! I have that fabric on a blanket one of my friends made for me when I was preggo. My son's name is Jace but we call him Jace Monkey as a nickname cause he kicked me all the time! Lol

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