Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Making Mud Pies, note the dirt on his face :0)
Feeding: Still not eating anything by mouth :0( He does like to play in my food though and loves to feed me, his stuffed animals and his toys. I'm not too worried about this though, after his trach comes out we'll tackle this. On a very positive note, his g-tube feeds are going much better. Almost all of the retching has disappeared. I asked his GI doctor if we could try Previcid for reflux and it did the trick. I had to play around and find the right time of the day to give it to make sure he didn't retch after any of his feedings. Typically his breakfast gave him the most problems and it turns out giving it to him before bed is what works best for him. I feel bad it took so long to find out what the problem was, we tried Zantac last fall and that didn't work so we figured it wasn't reflux. Previcid just works differently although it does the same thing and looks like it works better for Milo. I just hope it keeps working because the last week has been wonderful.
Respiratory: After only a few days Milo learned to tolerate doing his nebulizer treatments though a face mask rather than his trach. The first time I tried it he was confused and kept pushing it down to his trach and looking at me like I was crazy. The mask is cute, it is a dinosaur face :0) He sits very nicely now and will put the mask to his face by himself, we are working on the elastic band so we don't have to hold it but that's just icing on the cake. Next week we'll tackle the nasal cannula, I don't think that one will go as smoothly though :0)
He has been taking his cap off as usual but yesterday he pulled his trach out with it. His nurse had just said it was time to change his trach (he gets a clean one every 2 weeks) and went in the next room to get the supplies when he yanked it out. So with his trach on the outside of his neck I chased him to his nurse then took him into his room where we typically change his trach. She attached a trach tie to the new trach and I took the old one off. I was weird to see his neck for more than 2 seconds. She slid the new trach in with no problems although he didn't like it so much. The reassuring thing is that he had no color change, so problem breathing and even crying when he saw the new trach he did just fine. I think it's time to get the thing out, I'm still a bit nervous but I'm getting better after seeing him without it for a few minutes. By the way, this is not the recommend way of changing a trach. Ideally it's only out for 1-2 seconds :0)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Now I have to get him to wear a nasal cannula for his oxygen while sleeping and do his nebulizer treatments though is nose and mouth rather than his trach. These are 2 big steps for him. In fact the doctors offered to remove his trach mid June but I just didn't think we could accomplish these 2 things by then. The other day I tried his nebulizer with the face mask and he kept pushng it down to his trach and looking at me like I was crazy and didn't know what I was doing. Ugh, the nasal cannula will be much harder though. Little prongs going up his nose and blowing air is not something he enjoys. We've been using a neonatal cannula since his nose is so small and I've cut the prongs off but he wants nothing to do with the thing. Wish us luck!!