Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's a........... Neck!

Well Emerson got decannulated offically on Friday April 8th. Let me start with her background story.

Monday was her sleep study all night and she passed it with flying colors! Then Tuesday around 2pm they did her brocoscopy. Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. During a bronchoscopy, the doctor will examine your throat, larynx , trachea , and lower airways. When Dr. Levine did this he found a granuloma. A granuloma is a small area of inflammation in tissue due to injury. Dr. Levine said it was very common that most of his trach patients get them. It's caused from being intabated, trached, and suctioned a lot. But he said it was the biggest granuloma he's seen in a long time. So with that said Emerson was unable to get decannulated on Tuesday instead they consulted ENT and sent us home to return on Friday morning for removal of the granuloma and decannulation.

On the above picture the second row, third picture is a great picture of the granuloma. The white is the granuloma.

So Friday came and Emerson was scheduled for 8am to have her granuloma removed and then decannulated. Emerson went into the procudure on time, it took about an hour. Everything went very smoothly and we got called to the recovery room to be with her as she woke and she was doing fine. Doctor wanted her oxygen to be between 90-92 or above and she was doing that for a while then her oxygen dropped to 89 and 88 and they decided to put her on some oxygen and her levels went up. About two hours after the procudure her room was ready and we got settled in. At that point Emerson was still on the oxygen and was left on it throughout the night. However throughout the night they slowly weened her off the oxygen and was completly off by 6am. When the doctor came in he was concerned that she wasn't off the oxygen long enough to send her home so the doctor decided to keep us another night to monitor her off the oxygen through the night. So even though I didn't want to stay another night we did since it was best for Emerson. Through the night Emerson did great without her oxygen and we were able to go home Sunday around 2pm. Now my sweet Emmy has a.......neck!
Emerson is continuing to progress a little everyday. And I can't thank God enough for his healings. Lately Emerson's legs have been getting stronger and last Tuesday at therapy Emerson took 4 independent steps while in her walker. Meaning she had no assistace from her therapist!!!! Also too her arms are getting stronger. Emerson has been pushing up on her arms and supporting herself while lifting her head.

So all in all Emerson is gettting better slowly and like I said I can't be more blessed or thankful! So please continue to PUSH for Emerson!

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