|Waiting with her Tubie Friends bear - who also got a hospital bracelet|
|All ready to go!|
When I first got to see her in recovery, she was still asleep. They extubated her while still in a very deep sleep so that she didn't cough. I saw Dr. Bergman right after surgery, he said everything went great. I asked about the main possible complication, which is when air gets trapped between layers of skin. It can be a very serious complication. He was very confident that it wouldn't happen, since they had tested the closure in the OR by pushing air through.
Once she was awake, she was pretty cranky, which is what she's typically like after anesthesia. But, her oxygen sats were awesome. Upper 90s. I was so relieved to see that. One of my worries going into this surgery was that she was relying on the open stoma to breathe and she would struggle once it was closed. Seeing the good oxygen levels really reassured me.
|Her new bear got bandaids in the same spot Zadie did.|
|First meal, 24 hours after surgery|
|Feeling great and ready to bust out|
Every day, she shows me her belly and her neck and says, "Look, it's healing up!" and asks me to take a picture. She's definitely a strong kid and I would love it if this is her last surgery and she can just be a regular kid now.
Some info on decannulation and stoma closure: http://www.chop.edu/treatments/tracheostomy-and-decannulation#.VvGl2W_mqM8