A little more than a week before the appointment, I did a regular trach change and let Zadie run around with a "naked neck" for a few minutes. Well, she enjoyed it so much that she wouldn't let me put the new trach back in. It ended up to be about 15 minutes that she had the trach out. She was doing fine, but until we were absolutely sure she was ready, we had to put the trach back in. When I finally got her to let me put it back in, it wouldn't go in. Her stoma had closed enough in that short of a time that the trach size she had been wearing for almost two years wouldn't go in. I got a little anxious, but I got the backup trach in. It was a Sunday, and since she was fine, I just waited until the next day to call the doctor. When I did call the next day, I was able to get Zadie's follow up appointment moved up to that week.
Since she was doing so well with everything, a date was scheduled for a bronchoscopy (a scope of her airway done under anesthesia) and possible decannulation: October 22, 2014. She went in for her bronch and came out pretty upset, but trach free!
|Not feeling too great right after waking up from anesthesia; a nurse once called it "anesthesia angry" and it is pretty accurate!|
|Naked neck finally!!!|