CI Surgery

During this pandemic, many things in our lives have changed and been put on hold. As a medical momma, I am constantly planning, researching, and prioritizing the things Rhett needs to help him be his best self. We are currently on the right track to getting the trach removed in the hopefully near future, but before that can happen we need to make sure that we are finished with all known surgeries and procedures that will require anesthesia. The reason being is his airway is not typical, although it works for him. We would not want to remove the trach knowing he will need to be intubated for any kind of surgery. This is not to say that something could come up after trach removal requiring intubation, but we do not want to remove it knowing he has surgeries he needs, when it is much safer for him to use the trach when going under anesthesia. I hope all of that makes sense. Anyways, one of the things that has been put on hold has been his Cochlear Implant surgery for his right ear. He was scheduled to have the surgery done in early April, but it was postponed due to the recommendations to not do elective surgeries at that time. This hold has put on hold lots of things for Rhett and others, but he is healthy and happy so it’s really nothing I should complain about.

That got a little long winded, but now I will get to the point of this post. We are on our way to Cincinnati as we speak, and Rhett will have his Cochlear Implant surgery tomorrow around lunch time. Due to restrictions and the safety to others, Rhett, Dale, and myself are the only ones traveling to Cincinnati for this trip. That means we are leaving Brooks at home with Nana and Papa, which really breaks my heart. I know he is in the best hands, but I sure will miss him for the next few days. I’m sure he will handle it just fine, I just hope I do too!

If you would, please remember Rhett in your prayers tomorrow as he goes into surgery. Surgery time will be around 4+ hours, so also keep me and Dale in your prayers as we wait. Rhett will be tested for COVID 19 in pre-op, so please pray he handles that test well. He absolutely HATES having his nose messed with, and a lot of that is probably due to the trauma we have put his poor little nose through. Pray that surgery goes exactly as expected, and that the implant is successfully placed. Pray that recovery is quick, and that Rhett is not in too much pain after this. Handing your baby over to surgeons does not get any easier no matter how many times you have done it. We are so thankful to have the doctors at Cincinnati Children’s taking care of our baby because they are honestly the best. I am so ready to get this surgery behind us so that Rhett can move on to the next phase of his hearing journey. We love you all! 🤟🏼💙

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