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At 3:48pm on October 15, 2010, Mack D Jones, MD, SAAN said…
How's it going? I've been wondering about you and your adventure.
At 3:34pm on December 2, 2009, Mack D Jones, MD, SAAN said…
Barrett, it's great to hear you are doing well. Welcome back to the living.
I don't think you should try forcing anything larger than 6 unless your ENT is in agreement. Later when you are well healed it might be possible to get an 8 to go, but I wouldn't try it without passing it by your ENT first. Besides, I don't believe you can get a larger stent, or anything for that matter from Boston Med, without a prescription. Don't forget that over time there will be some natural in-growth of the skin lining the opening which may help tighten to seal. After you've well healed and you still have bothersome air leak when talking, then I would see your ENT and ask him about an 8 for daytime use. I like the slightly smaller stent at night to allow for some in-growth.
The permanent plug is a minor nuisance if you nap during the day. I just switch it with my open stent, it's quick and easy. You can always cut your open stent shorter if you wish, but extra length is not a big issue for night time use. You don't want to cut it so short that it can be inhaled. That's a no-no. Mine protrudes about an inch and a half.
The mucous outside is good. That means it's not inside where you don't want it. Keeping your trach clear is essential. I do a check and cleanse, if necessary, during a regular bathroom visit. It's never been a problem for me.
At 2:40pm on December 1, 2009, 99 said…
hi barrett and welcome
At 12:08pm on October 23, 2009, Mack D Jones, MD, SAAN said…
Make sure you and your ENT surgeon are in full agreement on the details of your surgery before you go under the knife. Did he get a chance to call Dr Sam Mickelson?
At 12:05pm on October 23, 2009, sleepycarol said…
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