Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day after surgery...a little rough

Sorry for not posting. I wasn't available for such things and K needed me. Her surgery yesterday took longer than expected but seemed to go smoothly. It was just very detailed. Dr. S found kaidence's severed nerve leading to the vocal cord and basically spliced it together with a new nerve. This will bulk up that left vocal cord. He isn't sure if the cord was severed during transplant or when they placed access lines in her neck. Either way, it was severed. He then went over to the right vocal chord. This nerve functions but not that well. It too has seen damage from the many breathing tubes she has needed. He decided to cut a square into her voice box and then plug a new nerve into the muscle in her voice box. This little nerve will start to sprout and grow new branches. This will help make that right side stronger.

They gained access by slicing into the front of her neck. She is very sore today and has really been struggling with the pain. This morning they pulled to drain in her neck. Her O2 sats have been a concern. She woke up last night panicked that she couldn't breathe and had been pushing the nurse button over and over but her bed was not plugged in. She NEVER uses the nurse button but was panicking. With the pain, swelling and congestion she is having a hard time coughing and moving all the extra secretions. Last night her sats kept dipping but it has been far worse today. I am thinking the swelling is a big reason for it. She was satting in the 70's but I was able to get her at 90% on 3 liters of O2. That was when she was sleeping. When awake, she still needs some, just not as much. We are doing some RT on her in hopes that this will help with her sats.

Her voice is VERY soft. She isn't talking much and the sign language she learned as a baby is paying off again. Hopefully within the next 24 hours things will start to turn around for her. It's not very often that something knocks this girl down.

Thank you for keeping Kaidence and her doctors in your thoughts and prayers.


Summer said...

YOU and K are in our prayers!!! Lots of love and hugs being sent your way :)

Becca said...

Kaidence is such a sweety! I hope that she starts to feel better and can get home and use her beautiful little voice. Hang in there! We're praying for you all!

Jess said...

Thinking of you! Hugs!

Mimi said...

Big heart hugs!

Sweet little girl.

I will pray for a quick recovery!