Advice

We all know it: Getting parenting advice can be the worst. I have received quite a bit of the “in one ear, out the other” kind of advice over the years.  Whether it’s diapering, pets, or sleeping arrangements, everyone’s got an opinion.  Don’t worry, that’s not what I’m trying to pedal.  Instead, here are two […]

The “If” is Now the “When”

The “if Garrin gets a tracheostomy” has transitioned to “when” he gets it.  I’ve gotten second, third, and fourth opinions, and the consensus is that yes, Garrin will undergo a tracheostomy, a procedure where a surgeon creates an airway to be used for long-term mechanical ventilation, as well as a gastrostomy, a procedure where a […]

A Miracle

The doctor that is on this week is very familiar with Garrin, as he was one of three doctors treating Garrin from early on. It was very reassuring to hear that he shares the other doctors’ recommendations. He reaffirmed the likelihood that Garrin will need a tracheostomy, a surgical procedure in which an airway is […]

Perspective

This kid was happy as a clam to move into his new, big boy bed in a larger room this week. You’d never know it by looking at him, but Garrin still has caronavirus, one of the viruses that causes the common cold. Unfortunately, the virus makes it difficult for doctors to know what is […]

Checking the Boxes

To stay off the tube, Garrin must □ gain weight, □ maintain appropriate oxygen saturation while weaning oxygen, and □ diffuse and exhale an appropriate amount of carbon dioxide. Since being put on CPAP, he has been able to check each of these three boxes, avoiding intubation.  Unfortunately, he was not able to check any […]