Since mom and dad are busy, I’m bathing myself tonight!


Today Greyson was another first for Greyson.  The first time someone who is not a nurse took care of him for a the whole day.  Since we couldn’t cover all the nursing shifts one of our friends from church said she would help out.  She has a background with medicine and has EMT training but never took the final few steps needed to become a nurse.  Anyway this summer she came over and spent time with us learning to care for Greyson and today made her solo debut.  Everything went well and Greyson behaved himself well.

So Monday we went to the Dr’s again.  The neurologist said he was doing well, but needed to catch up in a few areas (pretty much what he says everytime) and the pulmonologist said he was doing well.  It was decided that we should try Greyson on a big boy trach so he no longer has the trach that sticks out so far from his neck.  This is good and bad.  Good because it is a non cuffed trach which means he is doing well.  Good because he can’t grab this one as easy (he wouldn’t keep his hands off the other kind and we were really getting worried he would decanulate himself as he was pulling on it alot).  Bad because it is not as easy for us to work with, and bad because he doesn’t have a lot of neck and seems to be pushing it off to oneside more than his last one.    We will get it figured out though and Greyson doesn’t care at all so it will be OK.

He got a new passy muir valve since his last one was not working correctly.  It quit working last Friday so it has been really nice hearing him again.  He also got off one of his diuretics so now he is just on one.  If he continues to do well in three weeks we will discontinue the last one (YEAH!).  There weren’t any changes to the ventilator as basically the idea now is to stay where we are, let him grow and get stronger, and go into winter.  He still needs oxygen most nights so while he’s doing great he still has some healing/growing to do.  The big test now will be to see how he does if he gets a little cold.  While we will be doing our best to prevent him from getting sick, seeing how he does with a little cold this winter will be a great indiciator as to whether or not he is ready to be completley vent free.  Lord willing he will make it through this winter and continue to do well.  If he does we can start talking decanulation (removing the trach) early next summer. 

He had physical therapy today and the therapists felt he is advancing nicely.  He is still behind in some of his gross motor abilities, but most of the things they are looking at he can do, he just chooses not to do them very often (like say when the therapists are here to evaluate him!).  We will continue to work with him everyday and enjoy seeing the progress that he makes almost daily.

OK so I hadn’t updated in a couple days but this was pretty long, so I think we’re even!

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3 thoughts on “Since mom and dad are busy, I’m bathing myself tonight!

  1. I am glad to see the computer is working again and was so glad to hear you did not lose any of Greysons’ pictures. I am praying nothing more breaks down which you should be okay now that 3 things have already broke down. ( murphys law) Greyson really looks like he is enjoying bath time. I hope everything is going well at school for Stacy and everything well for you on your new job.

    It won’t be long now and Greyson you will be having a birthday, what fun that will be.

    Love you
    Grandma Terry

  2. Great update, Bob! Thanks so much for keeping us all in the loop. I am blessed everyday by updates of Greyson. I know I have said it before, but it is so wonderful to be able to keep up with Greyson. So many of our graduates leave and we never hear from them again, or see them briefly once a year. Thank you! Hope school is going well, Stacy. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Thanks for the update! We have been wondering! Hope all is well with Stacy at work and your new job! We love you!

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