Two days ago my son had a recurring fever so we brought him to a clinic for check up. The doctor says he had tonsillitis. The doctor also told me that my son’s tonsil is bigger than its normal size, and that’s explain why my son snores too much. The doctor said if his condition get worst he may suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? OSA is caused by a physical obstruction in a person’s air passages. These obstructions block the air passages causing a person to make noises known commonly as a snore. Pauses may occur in the snoring. Choking or gasping may follow the pauses.
What causes obstructive sleep apnea?
In the nasal area, blockage could be caused by a stuffy nose or having a deviated septum. This is a misalignment of the cartilage that separates your left and right nostril. Any other abnormality in the nasal area causing narrow airways could lead to OSA.
In the throat and mouth area, blockage can be due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids. It narrows the air passages especially when our head is laid back while asleep. It drops down at the back of the throat and blocks that air passages causing the person to lose oxygen. The soft palate or the tissue at the roof of our mouth is the number one culprit in blocking the airways. This is the part that is most often removed in sleep apnea surgery.
The treatment for obstructive sleep apnea
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure machines are very common recommendations for obstructive sleep apnea treatment. These require wearing a mask that is connected to a sleep apnea machine that supplies positive air pressure during sleep helping to keep the airways open. Oral devices like mouthpieces that correctly position the tongue or jaw to prevent airway blockage can also be prescribed by your doctor.
In some cases, surgery can be performed for moresevere sleep apnea cases. Removing excess tissues at the back of the throat, lifting the back of the tongue, correcting abnormal facial structures, repairing nose and sinus passages, inserting small polyester rods into the soft palate to help make it more firm and reduce vibrations, and performing a tracheotomy or windpipe opening are some of the surgical procedures used to treat obstructive sleep apnea symptoms.
Yesterday while traveling on our way to office we saw a huge crowd of pedestrians and a police car. What immediately comes to mind is that there’s a vehicular accident and I’m right. When we passed by near the accident area we saw a man lying and seem to be lifeless. I’m not expert in collision estimation but seeing the damaged of his motorcycle it indicate that there was an over speeding.
That gave us warning especially now that we are using a motorcycle as our service vehicle. I told my husband that aside from being extra careful he should also be more alert. Most of all to be more prayerful, that’s the only guarantee that we will be safe always since we are guided by our Great Protector.
My friend told me that she’s planning to buy and collect morgan dollars for investment. But when i asked her if she has any investment for her health, she said none. I told her that after i almost died from a car accident, i realized that life is really too short. At that time i felt so afraid for my kids thinking that they are too young to be left motherless. So since then i have decided to invest on healthcare plans for me and my family.
My friend realized my point and promised me that she will also think of investing for herself and her family’s health.