Saturday, September 19, 2009
Mikan found a green bean in our garden that we let grow a little too long.
After a week straight of going on no more than 2 hours of uninterrupted sleep at a time, I took Mikan to see his pulmonologist and ENT. Both concluded that he probably had picked up some kind of bug since surgery that may have been resistant to the antibiotic he was taking. The constant cough probably wasn't allowing his airway to heal normally either. Oh, and he has an ear infection...and he's getting teeth...and his g-tube is really sore...and he is growing more granulation tissue on the outside of his trach stoma, leaving it really tender. No wonder he's been crabby. But he finally has been sleeping better the last two nights. I hope this is a good trend. His doctors put him on a steroid for 5 days to help him heal (I thought we were done with those...), Augmentin to hopefully kill his bug, Xopanex breathing treatments, and a steroid cream for his granulation tissue (We used some silver nitrate on it at home too). Oh, and he got a flu shot and blood drawn that day as well. Poor guy.
His pulmonologist gave us a little depressing news, although we'd been predicting it anyway. He doesn't recommend that Mikan gets his trach out this fall, even if he is ready. We are rapidly approaching cold and flu season and he wants to be cautious, which is understandable. With this new illness delaying our capping, I don't think he's going to be ready for awhile anyway.
Posted by John and Jenna Gensic at 9:43 AM