- First, Maia's sleep study results showed very mild sleep apnea and only when she lies in her back. It isn't uncommon in people with neurological conditions like spina bifida to have sleep apnea. They tend to have lower muscle tone in general and this affects their throat and airway muscles. So when Maia lies on her back, her airway collapses a bit. Again, it is very mild case and the only recommendation is that Maia sleep on her side. She does have some narrowing of her nasal passages which Dr. K thinks may be allergies. He didn't feel any testing is necessary now, but did prescribe a nasal steroid spray to use at bedtime. I was so very impressed with Dr. K. He was very thorough, asking about Maia's neurological progress and making some suggestions for school as well. He was also very kind and acknowledged how difficult it must be for Maia to have lost so much function, but did provide a bit of encouragement. He said that Maia's new baseline may not actually be evident until two years after her "injury." Dr. K also reviewed CT and MRI results and confirmed that the most recent scans show that Maia's ventricles are not any larger which is reassuring.
- Today, I am thankful for the gift of adoption. Although both kids have their "moments," I would not trade them for anything. God blessed us when He brought them into our lives.
- I am thankful for the gift of Grandma Hansen. I have commented about this before, but I was thrilled that both of Mark's grandmothers were alive when we got married. Grandparents are truly a special blessing.
- A tolerant husband. My sweet hubby has much patience with me and I love him dearly.
- Again... Central air conditioning. I am so ready for these 90+ degree days to come to an end. But, at least our house is cool!
What tops your list?