Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Step 1 -- Success!

The tracheotomy came out in five minutes just after 8 a.m. this morning.

I actually had a terrible night, waking in pain from my shoulder at 12:30.  Got a shot of tylenol through my feeding tube, but a bit gurgled up into my throat and I lay there coughing til 6 a.m.  No sleep for me.  I was really afraid they would decide to postpone it.

But the Respiratory Therapist arrived and shortly it was all over.  Just a large bandage covering it, which will fill in in a few days.

Lookingforward to the swallow test tomorrow.  And I was told this afternoon that I will get to try  a trial motorized wheelchair in the morning, not the permanent one, but similar.  On  we go!

21 comments:

  1. A great result today after a rough night. Hope you sleep better tonight FG and the test goes well tomorrow.

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  2. Wow progress is in the works good luck Stew.

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  3. Wonderful news, ice cream and jelly next, just like after tonsil surgery maybe!!! You are doing so well, a remarkable attitude that would leave so many of us far behind. Swallow well, and trial run, hope that goes as good as this morning's procedure.

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  4. Great news! This is a big step!

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  5. As you said the other day it is a big step and each advancement will be a new big step. Looking forward to reading about many more.

    It's about time, and what we do with it.

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  6. I'm excited for you!! Keep on getting better!

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  7. Hope you pass the swallow test! You are making progress!

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  8. It must be a huge relief to get rid of the tube.

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  9. Congrats! Glad that you are making progress.

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  10. Excellent! Progress is progressing just as it should.

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  11. Keeping fingers and everything else crossed for you. My thoughts are also with anyone who gets in the way when you try out that wheelchair!

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  12. Sounds good, nothing like progress. No wheelchair races until you get your license.

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  13. Like a teen ager waiting to take a spin in Dad's car for the first time you may have a few similar feelings. A poor night's sleep can sure wreck up the following day. Having that tube removed was a biggy. Onward and upward as your positive approach continues to lead the way.

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  14. Sorry you had a bad night, but congrats on the 1st step forward. Wishing you a happy day!

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  15. Too bad about the bad night's sleep but so glad about the trach removal! You are getting more 'freedom' each day. No tire squealing the first time out, ok?

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  16. Glad to hear the tube is out. Hope you're able to start eating soon. Baby steps, right?

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  17. Missed a couple of your posts but so happy to hear that the trach as been removed. Pray you will be eating food today. : )

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  18. Sorry about your bad night but pleased to read about the trach being removed.

    All the best Jan

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