Well the Trach went fabulous. It’s so wonderful to see his beautiful face again. Hayden’s vitals were strong during the entire operation. He returned to his room and woke up almost right away. Of course we are in pain management mode, but clearly the morphine is working because he is playing on his computer right now. Today Hayden’s biggest concern is making a get well card for Buster Posey.
The other exciting news is that they did a change on his ventilator. Hayden has been on a ventilator setting called PRVC (Patient Rate Ventilator control) support – where the ventilator can totally support all of Hayden's breaths. In this mode Hayden can also breath over the ventilator. This morning we tried out a new setting called CPAP and he did so well that now when Hayden is awake he will be on this setting. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) support is where Hayden initiates all of his breaths but the ventilator provides the volume of air to go into his lungs. When Hayden goes to sleep, they will change the setting back ot PRVC. This is a HUGE step forward for Hayden and he is very excited about "breathing on his own" so to speak. Its so exciting in fact, that all of the nurses and RT are coming into Hayden's room to congratulate him.
Also the nurses disconnect him from the ventilator for certain procedures and during this time he is sort of breathing on his own a bit where in the past when had to be hand ventilated. I am so proud of that boy!!