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Solving Sleep Apnea
Maya, 3, has been suffering from sleep apnea, the collapse of the airway during sleep, due to her enlarged tonsils and adenoids. During the night, Maya wakes up coughing and gasping for air, disrupting her rest and alarming her parents, Kathy and Matt.
“Maya’s tonsils are so enlarged, the doctor called them ‘kissing tonsils,’” Matt says. “They block her throat while she’s sleeping.”
“Nighttime awakenings cause kids to be more irritable during the day, and makes it harder for them to concentrate and focus on schoolwork,” pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr. Ali Strocker says.
Dr. Strocker performs a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy on Maya using radiofrequency instead of heat for less pain and bleeding.
Sleep apnea doesn’t only affect overweight, unhealthy adults. Healthy, thin people can suffer these symptoms as well, likely due to enlarged tonsils. A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy could be the solution to sleep apnea for children and adults, alike.
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Walk a Mile in Your Grandmother’s Shoes
Joyce, 70, has a tip for all the young people out there: “Slow down!” Recently, Joyce moved in with her 40-year-old daughter, Gabby, and found that younger people take their motility for granted.
“Young people: slow down and appreciate your body,” Joyce says. “I want my daughter to know it doesn’t last forever. I challenge my daughter to walk in my shoes for one day.”
The challenge was made into reality for Joyce and Gabby with the AGNES Age Suit, developed by MIT Age Lab, that allows young people to experience life in a senior’s body.
“I’m so uncomfortable right now,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says while wearing the AGNES Age Suit. “This is what happens if you don’t take care of yourself in your older age. I’m in pain. I’m not going to lie to you; this hurts.”
“It’s unbelievable, the pressure on my spine and my neck right now,” he adds. “I cannot extend, everything is compressed. Everything is a little bit off.”
After spending an entire day in her mother’s shoes with the AGNES Age Suit, Gabby says she feels empathy toward seniors and their aging bodies.
“I felt complete empathy after wearing the suit,” Gabby says. “It inspired me to keep stretching and keep my body moving.”
“The lesson you can learn from this is aging is something that happens progressively if you don’t take care of yourself,” Dr. Travis says.