Aiden is having his second repair surgery on the 12th. The surgeon called me today. The plan is that he will first put tubes in his ears and do another bronchoscopy. If the original repair did not hold up then he will be doing another repair at the same time. But, the difference this time is that he will keep him intubated and sedated for several days in the ICU to let it heal (we should have done this the first time to let it heal.) I am sooo nervous about having him intubated and sedated for this long! Of course I dont want him to have to have the repair again, but in a way I am hoping his lack of swallowing improvement/continued aspiration is caused from the first repair not holding up. Thinking this way lets me think that his swallowing problems can still improve and be "fixed." If his original repair is still intact- then there is a good chance we will be dealing with swallowing issues and aspiration for his whole life. I am nervous thinking about both possibilities. Sorry- just rambling....it helps to get it out.
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