For quite a while, I have been praying for a miracle. Something that will help Little Man with impulse control.
We realized a while back that we can’t discipline Little Man into control. In his heart-of-hearts, he truly wants to obey. But something in him is causing him to choose the wrong over the right.
After an ADHD diagnosis, Little Man started Occupational Therapy twice a week. He currently attends the same facilities and with the same therapist that Bubs had for several years. For me, this is the greatest blessing because I don’t have to prove myself as a mom. Miss W knows the structure and boundaries that we have.
While OT has been wonderful for Little Man, we are not seeing the improvements we hoped would follow. Time for the next step – ENT.
Did I surprise you? Yes, an ear, nose, and throat doctor was next on our list.
Little Man has huge tonsils. The left tonsil is touching his uvula. (That’s the hanging-down-flappy-thing in your throat.) Even without a medical degree, I know that this isn’t good.
And with more research and in talking with professionals, I have learned that large tonsils can have a huge effect on a child’s behavior.
At his ENT appointment, I explained Little Man’s large tonsils and the issues that he has with impulse control, allergies, and drooling. The doctor confirmed that he sees many kids who appear to have ADHD but in actuality have sleep apnea. The drop of the child’s pulse ox (percentage of oxygen saturation of a person’s blood) during the night causes the child to not sleep well which in turn affects the child’s behavior.
Next came a list of questions:
1. Does he snore? No. (This is incredible unusual. Normally kids with huge tonsils and/or sleep apnea snore like a freight train.)
2. Does he still wet the bed? Yes.
3. Allergy problems? Yes.
Next the doctor looked in his throat. He said, “Impressive!” He was amazed at the size of his tonsils. We were sent home with a pulse oximetry machine and instructions to use it.
A couple of days later we received a call from our ENT. (Yes, he called himself, not the nurse. Impressive!) While Little Man’s pulse ox level averaged 97%, he dropped 18 times during the night to significant amounts. His lowest drop was 68%. (Normal is 95-99%.)
Needless to say, a surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids is scheduled to take place in a few days. (Yes we will take all prayers sent our way!)
Could this one surgery fix our son’s impulse control issues? Only time will tell but we are prayerful. Stay tuned!
You may be asking, “Why do I share all of this with you?” Spirited children can be exhausting. While they are precious, they are frustrating. And if our story can lead you to answers, praise be to God.
Disclaimer: I do not have a medical degree. Secondly, sometimes I don’t fully understand things correctly (this post may not be 100% accurate no matter how hard I have tried to make it that way). Third, this is our situation and may not be yours. Please consult with a qualified professional before assuming anything about your child.