Timmy had an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) visit with Dr. Z today. Dr. Z checked Timmy's ears. Ear tubes are still in place and no signs of any ear infections. Yay! We discussed Timmy's last sleep study results. Timmy has a couple of episodes of centeral apnea. BUT Dr. Z feels that this isn't a concern at this time, being that Timmy only dropped his O2 saturation level once (90) for only 1 minute. Nothing else of concern was noted on the sleep study. We discussed Timmy's PRN oxygen orders. Dr. Z doesn't want Timmy's O2 saturation levels to drop below 92. If they maintain below 92 for a period of time without rebounding, he wants us to call him or the Dr. on call immediately.
It has now been THREE (3) months since Timmy had his trach removed. WOW, I can't believe it has been that long already. Time sure has flown by. What better way to memorialize this event, but a picture of Timmy with the Doctor who made this whole event possible. (Sorry the picture quality isn't that good. All I had with me was my cell phone camera. I have asked Santa for a Digital camera for Christmas.)
After scoping Timmy to evaluate his airway, Dr. Z had faith that Timmy "could" possibly be successfully decannulated. And Dr. Z believed in us, as Timmy's parents, he felt that we knew Timmy better than anyone. And from the signs that Timmy was showing us, he definately was ready to have his trach removed. Thank You Dr. Z for being willing to give Timmy and us this wonderful opportunity to shine and make our everyday lives with Timmy MUCH easier!
Timmy also received his flu shots. Yes, both, the seasonal and the H1N1. It must have been meant for Timmy to have received the H1N1 injection. I asked Dr. Z his opinion about Timmy getting the flu shots. And Dr. Z said "Yes, Timmy should most definately get them. BUT we are completely out of the H1N1 vaccine. The last dose was given early this morning" We agreed to just go ahead and have Timmy receive the seasonal flu shot. At least, this way he would be half protected. When we met with the Nurse in Pulmonology (Amber) she informed us that they "just" had received a shippment of H1N1 vaccines. Boy talk about Luck and Timing! Sooo, we agreed to have them give Timmy the H1N1 vaccine as well. Floyd spoke with Timmy's Endocrinologist later in the evening and Dr. Ali (Endocrinologist) stated that the hospital had ONLY received 30 doses of the H1N1 vaccine. And Timmy was the 1st person to have received a dose.
So now we wait and see, just how affective these vaccines will be for Timmy. All of the talk on the news about young children and adults dying from contracting the H1N1 virus scares the Beegeebies out of me! So hopefully, the pain of these 2 injections will protect him throughout this entire flu season.
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