Today started out VERY EARLY!!! We woke up at 2:00 a.m. to be on the road at 3:00 a.m. to get to The Packard Children's Hospital in Stanford by 6:00 a.m. Noah, fortunately, slept most of the trip and Kc did an awesome job driving in the dark.
Once we arrived at the hospital, Mr. Stinkpot woke up and explored all the nooks and crannies of our intake room. He opened all the drawers and cupboards, danced on the exam table with it's crinkly paper, and charmed our wonderful nurse. Once the happy juice came, compliments of the anesthesiologist, our Little Man quickly went from Magellan to a brown bagger in front of 7-Eleven.
After four VERY LONG hours, our wonderful surgeon came out and gave us the great news. The surgery, while one of the "most challenging cases of stage four subglottoc stenosis" he has ever seen, was a success!
Our Little Man was transferred to the PICU and kept under a heavy sedative to allow his body to heal a bit.
Snowed with Charlie.
Now that Noah's airway is open, he is starting to breathe through his nose. It was so exciting to hear him snoring. Such a simple sound that brings great joy! You have to listen very closely, over all the beeps, but you can just make out the raspy noises.
Thank you so much for your thoughts, kind words, and prayers. Kc and I took them with us and held them tightly today. This day is the first step along the long road heading towards trach removal...a day that we have been looking forward to for so long.