Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Hands of God

Today was a day that we all knew would come...yet weren't quite sure how we would handle it. It all started at around noon when Nana met a good friend, Nancy, for lunch at a local cafe. She took Noah along for the ride and they all enjoyed sitting out on the patio. Nana and Nancy were chowing down on their salads while Noah was sitting in his stroller feeding through his NG tube. Nana noticed that he looked uncomfortable – kicking his legs around and waving his arms. He occasionally does this during a feeding because of the pain associated with his acid reflux. Nana reached down to pick him up out of his stroller and noticed that he looked VERY blue. She immediately grabbed him, laid him on the table, and quickly turned on the suction machine thinking that his trach was plugged up with mucus. While attempting to suction Noah, she noticed that his trach was completely out of his trachea – hence the not breathing and turning blue.

While at Children's Hospital, getting our initial training in trach care, we were told that trachs do occasionally come out. You never know when it might happen so you need to be prepared with extra trachs at all times.

Nana immediately put the old trach, which was still strapped around his neck, back in while Nancy called 911. Noah began to breath again, yet was still fairly pale. It was decided that a trip to the pediatrician's office was in order so the three of them headed off. Once at the office, Noah's blood oxygen level was tested and it was not as high as it should be. A decision was made, that for safety's sake, Noah should go to the Children's Hospital ER. Noah had his second trip in an ambulance and Nana got to ride up in front. During the ride, Daddy was called and he jumped in the car and met them in the ER. Many wonderful nurses and doctors took care of Noah and made sure he was doing well. After an x-ray (to check the trach's placement), cuddles from Daddy, a scrub down to get the salad dressing out of his hair, and time to relax and play on the gurney, Noah was deemed OK and discharged. It wasn't until after my students had gone home for the day that Daddy called me and told me what had happened. Nana said that I missed all the excitement while at work.

As I sit here, and reflect upon the day, I am completely amazed by my mother. She was so very calm and collected and did everything right in the moment of crisis. I have always looked up to and admired the awesome woman who has taught me so much. Even during this emergency, she gives thanks and praise to God for steering her through it. She said she knew the hands of God were guiding her every move. I feel I have so much more to learn from her. Thanks Mom for all that you have and all that you will do - I love you!

8 comments:

  1. OMG! Praise God your mom was there and knew what to do! I can see where you get your amazing strenght. We are so happy to have you back in class but my heart aches with you knowing you are away from Noah! You have such an amazing family and we are blessed to know you :)
    Miller Family

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  2. Thank God that Noah is in such good hands during the school day and that he is doing well after such "excitement"! Your mom is an amazing woman and the hands of God were definately with her! We can be that much happier to have you back at CH when we know that Noah is being cared for by his loving and strong Nana and Papa :-) Love to all...

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  3. Definitely Happy Mothers' Day to everyone. I know that only with God's help could I possibly have responded appropriately, and we all thank Him for his presence. Betty, my prayers will always be with you and yours.

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  4. That was a Mother's Day gift she gave you by saving your son. What an amazing Nana!!!Go Nana and go daddy for stepping up and handling the situation so calmly. Rebecca, Happy Mother's Day to a wonderful mom for staying calm and being a great mom everyday!! Noah is very lucky to have such amazing people in his life!!Team Noah is strong as ever plus the salad dressing was a little conditioner for his hair.

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  5. That's how I picture your Mom, collected, action oriented in the face of chaos! Way to go! Happy Mother's Day.

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  6. Happy Mother's Day! Your entire family continues to amaze us! Love, The Cline's

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  7. Wow! What an experience. I'm so glad everything turned out fine. Sounds like everyone was collected and knew what to do. I just found your blog today and read it. You have such a strong family and beautiful little boy! We were Noah's first neighbor in Room 5! Peyton said to tell his friend, "Hi!" He remembers the good ol' days and remembers well those wonderful nurses! We loved Nurse Liz too and couldn't say enough good things about her. I just started a blog on Peyton and will see how it goes! (It's also on Blogger. :)

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  8. Your Mom did a great job under scary circumstances but having known your Mom as a fellow RN, she is level headed and caring. Noah is lucky to have such a great grandma.

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