- Ainsley has multiple areas of obstruction but the primary problem is the supraglottic area of her airway, just above the vocal cords.
- They also determined that she has a reactive airway. They saw as the exam went on that things looked worse from the contact with the endoscopic camera.
- There is a lot of lymphatic tissue surrounding the epiglottis. They feel this is likely due to pooling of secretions on the area. The area is swollen.
- They think her arytenoids are twice the size they ought to be. They believe this is a difference in her anatomy. And that may explain why she had difficulty breathing at birth, that they could not pinpoint to a specific problem. So the fact that her vocal cords don't open fully may have to do with the size of her arytenoids. The area could be operated on with an LTP, but there is no guarantee that would get the trach out and in fact would likely leave her lungs more open to aspiration. That can lead to lung disease.
- Right now her lungs look okay, not worse than in the past but not perfect.
- Her tonsils were huge and if they were going to do anything they recommended a T&A. This is frustrating because she went in for a T&A years ago, but the tonsils were reduced in size by the time she was in the OR so he left them. She had a partial adenoidectomy, but maybe they grew back.
- They saw Monday that it was difficult for her to clear fluids from her supraglottic area, again I think largely due to this lymphatic tissue. In past VSS studies she seemed to have a small vallecular space and this could be because of that. Also in the past this area appeared to have cobblestoning, now it would seem that turned into larger lypmh tissue. We will have to see their recommendations about oral feedings. The possible adhesion that they suggested during Monday's FEES turned out to be the lypmhatic tissue. There is no known reason for this.
- I asked again about Erythomycin. That had been suggested by other trach families to help with inflammation/swelling. Dr. Cotton said they usually only prescribe that for kids that are on the road to decann.
- Based on what they saw they are actually surprised that she can tolerate the cap. But they also said that science has proven that a bumblebee can't fly. I think their preference would be a speaking valve instead of a cap, which would be okay if we aren't trying to get her ready for decannulation.
- After everything they saw they felt she should go up a size. So she is trying out a 4.0 size trach. They said we can go back to the 3.5 if we don't like it. They feel she should still be able to vocalize because her trachea is actually good sized, so where the trach sits, is not small.
- Her fundoplication is in good shape. There are a few areas to keep an eye on. They are interested to see her impedance probe results. The probe was placed in the OR and we are inpatient in the hospital with the monitor until tomorrow. They will use that information to determine if stomach content is reaching the airway. The GI doc said there is acidic and non-acidic reflux. Ainsley's reflux is non-acidic. They'll give us a recommendation about her Prevacid.
Here are some pictures from our day:
They gave us a coloring book with stickers to help pass the time.
She had fun with that but she spent the most time watching Calliou on her IPad. Then she was very miffed when I put it away. This picture cracks me up. It's so Ainsley and a perfect illustration of how she shows her emotions without words.
They gave her a wand to play with and you can see what she thought of that.
Then her mood went downhill as soon as the gown went on. I took her back when they put her under.
In recovery. She was pretty miserable. Her two front teeth were a little loose and now they look a little bloody. I think she might lose them soon, but at least they didn't come out in the OR.
The monitor part of the impedance probe test. I push a button any time "stuff happens".
A close-up of the probe. It's got a wire in the center that looks like copper.
I'm hoping tomorrow we can take Ainsley to the zoo to have some fun before we fly home Friday morning.