The plan . . .

Parker had a good night and he’s having a pretty good day. They are still tweaking his meds every now and then to keep him “happy.” ENT is very pleased with how things look and they are planning to try to extubate (remove the ventilator) tomorrow morning when he is in the OR for a scope. So, if all goes according to plan he will wake up in post-op recovery and not back in the ICU.

They removed his neck bandages today so I got my first really good look at his naked neck. It looks good. Parker had a pretty rough and bumpy stoma from scar tissue, that has all been removed and there is just a 3 inch scar across the fold of his neck. I imagine it will be nearly invisible over the years. His rib scar looks good too. He’s healing up well.

I just spoke to Colin’s mom. His scope this morning went really well. They have given them the option of staying around for a scope in a week or going home and coming back in a week for a scope. They left it up to Colin and he wants to go home to see his big sisters and his dog Tex. So, they are loading up their car and headed home to Texas today. I can’t wait to see Colin and Parker playing together next week when they are back for their scope!

I have looked in the surgical waiting room for Tommy’s parents but I haven’t seen them yet. I’m sure I will connect with them later today at some point. I will be anxious to hear how things went for him today too.

I also met an adorable little red-headed trach boy in the elevator. He’s just started his journey . . . he was trached 6 weeks ago. I had to correct myself when I said “I have a little red head with a trach too!” I still get chills in the hotel when I see things that hopefully I will never have to use again: an aero-chamber for a trach to give asthma meds, an artificial nose, the spare trach kit, suction catheters, etc.

We are definitely not out of the woods yet . . . but it looks promising.

Please keep Parker in your thoughts tomorrow morning. We want a smooth extubation! No drama.


4 Responses to “The plan . . .”

  1. 1 Lara April 14, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Oh Parker,

    That is so exciting!! No more drama now little guy, just a nice clean scope and you can wake up and play with Mommy and Daddy.

    I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow, sounds like things are going great!


  2. 2 Jennie April 15, 2008 at 1:32 am

    I’m glad you got answers to your questions. I emailed you from work today…hoping and praying that things go fabulously tomorrow. What time is his scope??? Can’t wait to see “naked neck” photos. I hope you are able to get some rest tonight!

  3. 3 Roberta April 15, 2008 at 2:19 am


    We have prayed and prayers are being answered. I can’t wait for pistures of Parker. It is a blessing beyond measure to know he is okay and doing so well. Thank you for keeping this blog and for keeping us posted.

    Our love to ya’ll.

  4. 4 Angela April 15, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Woo Hoo keep it up.. we are very happy to hear everyithing is going so well.. GOOD LUCK tomorrow

    Big hugs


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