Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Open...Closed...Open...

We're heading back up to Stanford Children's Hospital tomorrow morning {leaving at 3:30 a.m.} for yet another procedure.  The last time we were there, our MOST FANTASTIC Otolaryngologist took a look at Noah's trachea {under sedation, thankfully} and found quite a bit.

First off, Mr. Man's bone graft in his trachea looks great.  There wasn't any scar tissue to remove and it was healing up quite nicely.

Actually...a bit too nicely.

Noah's trachea was trying to heal itself back closed.

EEK!!!!

We went through so much to open up Noah's closed trachea and now it's closing back up again.

EEK!!!!

So...two weeks ago...our MOST FANTASTIC Otolaryngologist took a balloon and dilated Noah's trachea.  The 1 mm opening expanded to 5 mm.

Much better!!!

We'll be heading back once a month so that dilation procedure can be performed to help Noah's trachea "remember" that it is supposed to stay open.

The best case scenario is that the monthly dilation procedures {a total of five of them} will be enough to keep his trachea open.  If not, we'll probably have to have yet another bone graft and start the process all over again.

EEK!!!!

Noah's body has always been good at healing...we just never knew how good!

3 comments:

  1. Praying for a good night's sleep, a good alarm clock, safe travels, and a smooth procedure. I really think the Jackson family needs to change its name to Trooper :-)

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  2. Take care you guys. Our thoughts will be with you as you relay back and forth to the bay area.
    xoxoxoxooooooooooooo<-hugs and hopes for a trachea that looks more like "O".

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  3. I hope that Noah's procedure today goes smoothly. Hopefully the dilations will teach his trachea to stay open!

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