Here's an update from Tripp's Caring Bridge.
Hey it's mom. Well, we certainly knew that a tracheostomy was in the near future, but weren't really expecting it today. He went into surgery around 10:30 this morning and the plan was to go in and cut some tissue that was blocking his airway so he could breathe better. Well, when his ENT came out into the waiting room, I knew as soon as I saw her face that something was wrong (she has gotten VERY close to Tripp and our family, we LOVE her.) Anyway, she said that his airway was so swollen and had what she thought was some granulation tissue. She showed us pictures of the scope... pretty intense. Don't know how the little man was even breathing. She said that it was so swollen that she didn't think it would help to make the cuts. So the decision was pretty much made right there for us. THAT was tough. He is now back in ICU and doing well. Everything went fine, thank GOD and thank EVERYONE who was praying for our little fighter. He is starting to breathe a little bit on his own, so they are weaning the oxygen a little at a time. He is the most beautiful little thing... even more so now. I just love him so much and respect him so much. He is so strong. Stronger than I could ever be. He's amazing. I just can't wait until the initial shock and aggravation wears off and he can know what it feels like to actually be able to breathe!! And I am having serious withdrawals because I haven't held him and rocked him in like 3 days.. AHHH... I just want to pick him up and squeeze him and tell him how proud I am of him. Randy and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your thoughts and prayers. We need them so much and all the encouragement really helps us in such a difficult time. THANK YOU.Well, I just wanted to let everyone know that he now has the trach and everything is so far so good. I will try my best to keep you updated.
All my love, Courtney
So anyway, obviously a tracheostomy wasn't the desired outcome, but of course, the ultimate outcome is that Tripp can breathe easier now, which is what everyone wants. Courtney said that his skin is good, and he only got one little place on his arm from the blood pressure cuff. Pretty amazing.
Thank you for praying.