It has been confirmed that next week, Kayleigh will be getting a trach. The doctors do not feel at this time the Nissen/G-tube or JG-tube will be needed. She will continue to have the OG-tube, which is the one in her nose, to feed her. Their plans are to let Kayleigh recover from the trach procedure, feed her from he OG-tube for a little while and then try to bottle feed her.
The ENT doctor does not feel that reflux is a major issue for Kayleigh after looking at her airways with the bronchoscopy that was performed last week. Normally there will be irritation or damage to the airways caused by the acids aspirated from Kayleigh's stomach, but that was not the case. Although, if there are signs of reflux or if Kayleigh has troubles taking a bottle, they will then decide to perform one of the procedures to help with the problem (i.e. Nissen/G-tube or JG-tube).
So, that leads me to say...If Kayleigh flies through all of this like a champ, she will be that much closer to coming home. This may take a month or two, but at least there is a possible end in sight. We just need to pray that nothing goes wrong and nothing else pops up in the mean time.
Do you realize how amazing that day is going to be? Man, I will be the happiest Dad in the world!
She is doing great right now. She weighed in last night at 6 pounds 4 ounces, which was a major jump from the night before (6lbs even), but the protein she was on might have had something to do with that. They did however stop giving her the protein after she pooped 10 times yesterday, but if she has trouble with her weight gain from here on out, they will increase her caloric intake a little. She is also very close to coming off her pain medication too, which will stop her "eye wondering" issue and allow her to focus on certain objects.
Several people were interested in seeing Kayleigh holding my ring again, but when I tried, she was wide awake and would not keep her hand still. I will have to try it another time. That was a great idea to show how much she has changed over the past 7 months. It will definitely make for a great post, so keep your eyes out for that one soon.
I really do appreciate all the ideas and questions every has. If I some how miss answering one, I apologize. Just ask me again and I will either email you personally or answer it in a post. All of you, (except for a few rude anonymous posts), have treated us like family and have practically considered Kayleigh as one of your own. If there is any ideas you would like to offer or questions you would like to ask, please do. If you don't want to post your comments for everyone to see, you are more than welcome to contact me personally at Adam@TeamFreemanProperties.com.
Please keep those prayers coming!