Hello once again!
Got my second wind @ 2:00 a.m., so I decided I would finish the trache trip story! I'm going to include a photo of the respiratory tech. that came to explain a few things I needed to know now that I had a trache, and photos of us arriving @ the airport in Corpus Christi, TX - home!
The hospital sent me home with a machine that I might need to use to suction my trache to get it clean. We were given a demonstration on it - and when I say we, it was Mom, Celia and I. Well, Mark would be the one needing the instruction, but he was already home. We eventually got a repeat of those instructions from a home health care respiratory tech. - and a respiratory tech. from where I ordered more supplies. The best part of this whole thing, is that a very dear friend of ours that lives 2 houses over, is a respiratory technician! We stopped @ her house on the way home from the airport to make sure everything was ok as far as my trache was concerned!
Speaking of the airport, I was so happy to see our family came to welcome us home! My moms husband Vicente, Celia's husband Greg and their oldest son Mark and their dachshund Penny! Of course my Mark and our baby Hanz! You know what? I think I'm saving this for tomorrow, so that Mark can download some recent photos he took of our neighbor Terry changing out my entire trache collar!
It's several days after I wrote the above, and I plan on finishing up the saga of the trache trip! On Thursday, it will be a couple of weeks that I had the entire trache changed out! As I mentioned above - our friend/neighbor Terry is a respiratory tech., and a real angel about helping in any way she can! See photos of Terry changing out my trache! I asked her if it would hurt and she said no, but that I might feel some pressure. I barely felt anything @ all! I was really happy about that!
Not sure if I mentioned that @ night, I sleep with a mist cup over my trache that is attatched to a long, blue hose that leads to a big humidifier that sounds like a compressor! Before I put that mist cup on, the little red cap (Decannulation Plug) comes off my trache, so the mist is able to go in! The other day I coughed a bit hard, and that little red cap flew off my trache and under the bed! Mark had to get it, as I can't bend over, or I may have a bleed! Right after he handed it to me and I cleaned it off and replaced it - I had to clear my throat, and that darned little cap flew off again! This time we looked all over for it, when Mark said, "I sure hope Hanz doesn't have it in his mouth"! We both looked over @ Hanz, who seemed to be chewing on something! Upon closer investigation, he was chewing on a little red cap! Yikes! It's a good thing we had kept and disinfected the trache that Terry had removed, so I got the red plug off of that one! I called my trache supply people the following day to ask for an extra one, which I am so glad they had! I was afraid something might happen again during the Christmas holiday and I wouldn't have a replacement!
I think this is quite enough adventures of the trache trip, don't you think? I want to go relax a bit and watch my Soap and/or talk to Mark and play with Hanz! In case some of you don't know - if you click on the photos, it will enlarge it! At this point, my next appt. for an embolization is set up for Jan. 27,28 and 29th I believe! I can't wait - I enjoy seeing everyone up there! Although I'll be so happy when this nightmare is over one day - it's going to be hard saying goodbye to the wonderful doctors, P.A.'s and nurses that have been so amazing in careing for me!
Thank you all for your wonderful support through this very difficult time! We appreciate all of you very much! God Bless!
Mark & Cyndi Schuman
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Posted by Dulce at 1:56 AM