That is the date of my daughter's surgery.
I am over the moon about this. This surgery is to close the stoma (or hole) left from her tracheostomy. My daughter, A had the trach, or breathing tube, in her throat from 4 months old until last July, when it was unexpectedly removed by her ENT at age 4. Since last July, she's had no actual breathing tube, and this alleviated so much stress from me, as now I am able to leave her with someone other than a nurse or my best friend (who was trained in how to care for her) and no longer have to carry around a suction machine, dye trach ties and do the thousands of other things that one must do when your baby has a breathing (and feeding!) tubes. Getting both tubes removed last summer was nothing short of a miracle for us.
Yet, although her trach was removed, the hole in her throat remained. Her ENT wanted to wait a year before closing it, to make sure she really could breathe well without it. A went through this entire past year just fine, even having a few colds and a bout of croup. A few breathing treatments with the nebulizer and she was good to go. So, she's ready to have the hole closed.
Because A has spent virtually her entire life (from age 4 months to present) with a tube or open hole in her throat, giving direct access to her lungs, there has been many things she has never done. Most things involve water; immersion in water, or even water trickling down her trachea, could drown her instantly. So, once she has the surgery and is healed, for the first time EVER A will be able to:
Go in a pool
Take swim lessons
Take a bath with more than one inch of water in it
Have shampoo rinsed from her hair without having to tilt her head back all the way
Have water drip down her face
Take a shower
Go in the ocean
Run through sprinklers
As you can see, this is huge for us. Imagine, being almost 5 years old and never, ever have been in a swimming pool. Or taken a full bath. Before this would have killed her; soon, it will be her delight.
In the same surgery, her opthomologist will also do an eye surgery on her left eye to correct her amblyopia, or lazy eye. Although her left eye is legally blind, with something like 20/200 (or it might be 20/300, I forget) eyesight, it's better than we had previously thought and this should help her even more.
I CANNOT WAIT for this surgery--it will be a one night stay in the hospital, and then a week to heal. Hopefully she'll be healed in time for her 5th birthday, just a week after the surgery.
And I know just where I want to spend her birthday.
Splashing in the local pool.
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