WHY DO YOU FEEL LIKE I’M YELLING AT YOU RIGHT NOW!!!
There was no point to that, but I thought it was funny…
Anyway, the scope went incredibly well. We waited our allotted 2 hours for all of the pre-op information. John picked “grape” flavor for his laughing gas. In about 7 seconds, he was out like a light.
John was under anesthesia for about 20 minutes, while they took a look-see. While he still has only a 50% opening in his throat, the scar tissue had not grown. They did not do anything other than take a look.
The lung wash went fine, and his lungs looked great. This is an indication that his swallowing is going well.
So, for now we’ll come back in 6-12 months to monitor his progress. The doctor’s were very pleased, as were we. While there may still be some other surgeries in the future (especially as he hits puberty), things are going well right now.
Tomorrow we have a couple of swallowing studies, and then we’ll head back home.
One interesting thing of note: We were talking with John’s doctor before the procedure. He mentioned that if John had been in Cincinnati initially following the accident, things would have been different. There would definitely have been a tracheotomy, as well as the reconstructive surgery. It would have obviously been a more intense environment with all of that going on. As we met with the pulmonologist, he also commented on how amazing it was that John has never had a trach.
Yeah, pretty amazing. All I can say is, thanks for praying.