Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Oxygen


Who would have known that one little change in our lives would make such a difference? With all of the medication Nathan is taking on a daily basis, I can not say that any of them have made the difference that the last little change has made...oxygen.
We thought that Nathan was getting enough O2 from the air we breathe since his saturations were staying okay for a majority of the time, but we were obviously mistaken. We should have known that his constant retractions and belly breathing were a clue that something was amiss. Within a few days of starting oxygen therapy, we seem to have a different child in a lot of ways...
The little guy is just so happy now. He runs through the house with a big ole' grin on his face and jibber jabbers through almost every waking minute...change #2: the amount he is talking. He is babbling...finally. Most 9 month olds pick up this skill with ease, so it is a blast to see him babble almost constantly in his waking moments. He is also picking up actual words better and repeating them from time to time. This is such a fun time indeed. Sleeping...my, oh my, it is so good to see my little guy sleep until after 7am each day. And better yet, it is so nice that he is quiet throughout the night. From the time he was a wee wittle lad, I could hear him through the baby monitor rumbling around in his crib every few minutes throughout the night. This cycle was evident on his last sleep study where he had a total of 160+ arousals during the night. I am ecstatic to say that he seems to be sleeping infinitely better through the night now and waking up excited and refreshed. What a difference a good night's sleep is to a body! But one of the biggest differences we have seen since Nathan has started on oxygen is sheer contentment. He will sit and play with a toy for 15 minutes. He will watch an entire Dora episode. He will read books over and over by himself. He will sit...still...for minutes at a time. And he does not have nearly as many "crashes" throughout the day. He just seems like he feels 10 times better. It's amazing to witness.And we have realized that having him on continuous O2 has been a very easy adjustment...probably because we see how much it helps him. I took Nate and Em grocery shopping this morning with no problem...just chucked the tank in the cart. Then I took them all for a Lillipops photoshoot this afternoon with no problem. In all actuality, having Nate on O2 was actually a good thing for the photo shoot because he couldn't venture more than 25 feet away from me (that was all the tubing I brought with me today). It served as a good little leash for today's adventure...as well as last night's soccer practice. It's not bad once you get used to it all. Sure, people stare and give you the sympathetic look and ask if he has gotten the flu or has asthma, but we really don't mind the inquiries. It's all totally worth the fact that out little man is doing outstanding right now.

16 comments:

Melody on September 15, 2009 at 9:15 PM said...

Oh Amber...I can just tell by your words the difference this has made. It was a miracle for Nicholas how much better he was sleeping at night once we started him on it. I am so glad to hear how well he is doing and how well he has adjusted to it. HUGE hugs, girl!

Anonymous said...

Amber, I am so thankful that the oxygen has made such a difference. We love Nathan and your family so much! Love, Amanda McCook

The Whitsitt Family on September 16, 2009 at 2:22 AM said...

I am amazed at all of the changes you have seen in him in such a short time. I can imagine it just fills your heart being able to see him do more things with ease. Truly wonderful!

Amy

Michelle Garvin said...

Oh I am so thankful that he is handling it so well and you are seeing wonderful results! What a huge blessing! I know this has to be saving his little body from being overstressed. Praise!

Tara on September 16, 2009 at 8:57 AM said...

YAY! Praise the Lord, everything is going so well with the oxygen. I'm so excited for you guys and he looks GREAT in the photos! Hugs to you Mama!

Anonymous said...

It thrills my heart to hear how well he is doing on the oxygen. Praise God!!

God Bless,
Regina and Family

Amber Schmidt on September 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM said...

SOOOO glad to hear the the O2 is making such a huge difference!!!

Sharon on September 16, 2009 at 1:00 PM said...

I'm so glad this is making such a difference. And let me say yet again, your kids are soooooo stinkin cute!!

Amanda on September 16, 2009 at 1:31 PM said...

I had tears in my eyes reading this. I am so excited for him and so thankfu that it is working so great for him! He ooks amazing!!! Not that he wasnt amazing before but I can just see a difference!!

Meg on September 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM said...

That just warms my heart to hear how much better he feels. He is starting to look like a BOY and not a baby! How did that happen?

Jill on September 16, 2009 at 4:40 PM said...

Love that happy boy!

Nicole, Drew, Jack, Megan, Sophie, and Lucy too on September 16, 2009 at 8:19 PM said...

Hooray for everyone, especially Nate! So goald to hear it is helping and you are adjusting to the new equiptment.

Anonymous said...

We are so excited for him. Love the pictures! We love you.
Beth, Brian and Matthew

Landons Journey on September 16, 2009 at 10:58 PM said...

Amber, i am so thrilled to hear how much better he is doing. It has definately helped Landon in many ways! It's wonderful to hear you post about how much better he seems to be feeling! YAY!

Jen and Landon

Sarah on September 17, 2009 at 7:50 PM said...

I'm and so so so happy that it is helping!! It's amazing that this little bit of oxygen can do wonders...but it can. I'm so glad that he's doing so well...keeps it on and is a happy boy with it.!!!

Dana on September 18, 2009 at 12:01 PM said...

Praise God! I am so thankful Amber! He is so precious and I can tell in the pictures that he is better! Way to go little brave man, and brave mommy and daddy!

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