Maisy is home from the hospital! Surgery took quite a bit longer than we expected and the incision was much larger than anticipated, but she is doing very well. We expected a few stitches to close the hole left from the trach insertion. Instead, she has a two inch long incision that was required in order to access the muscle tissue that was needed to reinforce the closure.
This morning, they were concerned that there was air collecting under the skin and so kept he another 8 hours to see if more air was going to collect. They decided to send her home after things hadn't changed over the course of the day....knowing that we can always bring her back in if anything came up.
The surgeon did note that Maisy does have a narrow airway above her trach site. She many require an airway reconstruction in the future which involves using a piece of rib bone to reconstruct the subglottal stenosis. For now, we just need to watch her for any signs that her breathing is labored or difficult for her.
We made sure that the doctors did not give her any IV pain medication this time to avoid the agitation that always comes with them. They did give her some oxycodone through her g-tube and that took the edge off. She did really well and if you didn't see a large row of stictches across her neck, you would never have guessed she had just had surgery!
Thanks for you prayers. Once again, Maisy has amazed us with her 'sunshiney" spirit and determination...God has such big plans for this little girl....she is a walking, singing, smiling testimony to His faithfulness. And we are grateful to have her in our lives...