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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Silent Killer

There are many different diseases or other substances that can unknowingly take our lives, like carbon monoxide poisoning. It's the reason that New York State now has a law mandating every home/apartment have a carbon monoxide detector. The gas is colorless and odorless and you wouldn't know you're being poisoned until it's too late.

Last Monday, Nathan became ill during the night. Our poor little baby was super sick. He was throwing up and running a pretty high fever, which is rare for Nathan. The next morning, we were lying on the couch when the CO detector in the garage went off. Thankfully, Danny was home. He kept trying to call the fire houses in our Town to ask if they could send a guy over with a meter to check and make sure everything was ok. No one answered at any of the four fire stations we called. We didn't want to make a big deal of it but with Nathan so sick we had to be sure there wasn't a gas issue. Danny called the police station and discussed the issue with the dispatcher who sent in the Calvary! In minutes, we had 18 firemen and EMS at our house!

They tested both Nathan and I for possible CO contamination and I was reading at a 4 and Nathan was reading between a 4 to 8. We both should have been at a zero. They were less concerned about my numbers and more concerned with Nathan given he was so sick. However, they were sure if the reading was accurate because Nathan wasn't being cooperative and didn't want that little device on his big toe.

We had already scheduled an appointment for Nathan to see his doctor but the paramedics wanted their opinion on bringing Nathan to the Emergency Room not the office. They agreed with the paramedics and we brought Nathan for further testing at the hospital. Better to be safe than sorry.

Turned out Nathan was not exposed to carbon monoxide and he was just really sick. Thank God! However, something else did come out of this visit.

Nathan has always had this little non-breathing thing going on when he sleeps and I've spoken to his pediatrician about it but he never seemed concerned. Nathan was so tired at the hospital he slept most of the time we were there. While he was sleeping a nurse came in and I asked her to look at Nathan and his breathing ~ to gauge her opinion on the situation. What happens is, that Nathan's chest rises and lowers just like he's breathing but it doesn't appear that he's taking in any oxygen. The nurse could see what I was talking about right away and put the scope on him to listen for air flow into his lungs. Sure enough, he wasn't breathing. She believes Nathan has an "obstructive sleep apnea" and suggested we talk to his doctor about a sleep study.

2 comments:

amie said...

WOW....thanks for sharing this important reminder. Is your life EVER quiet?

Mairead Elizabeth Hickok said...

Oh wow, Kandi, that must have been really scary! I am so glad that everyone is ok!