Excited to share this item from my #etsy
shop: Bow Headband #crochet #headband
Help share to be part of bringing A home.
The next several weeks are going to be very expensive with traveling back and forth to Atlanta as I am 2hrs from the hospital.
Going 2-3 days a week will add up very quickly with already juggling therapies that we drive an hour for as well.
All proceeds will go to help with these costs for the month of December.
Also you can visit Maddie’s Mad Hatters on Facebook and maddiesmadhatters.com
#bringingAhome #maddiesmadhatters #josiahsjourney #fostercare #medicallyfragile #tracheotomy
Do I have room for one more in this pile of boys? Absolutely!! I’m not going to lie, the next several weeks are going to be a bit insane with therapy trips and now driving to Atlanta several days a week(which I absolutely hate)...but the reward is so worth it.
I kept reminding myself of that yesterday as I looked down at sweet A.
Knowing that this training will help me to bring him home and not just him, but other future foster kids like him, instead of them staying continually in the hospital..it’s worth it.
One of the staff shared with me how hard it is to find homes for kids like A because he has a tracheotomy, which I get, but knowing that this sweet boy is sitting here with no home to go to...it’s worth it.
No I won’t like lugging more equipment around and yes it’s a bit daunting to learn, but those sweet chubby legs and cheeks, his constant babbling, makes it worth it.
I know he will fit right into this crazy mess of home and the boys will thoroughly enjoy playing together..and Maddie has one more little to play dress up with!
#bringingAhome #tracheotomy #blessed #moretolove #Godschildren #fostercare #medicallyfragile #ventcare #therapeuticfostercare #specialneedsmom #josiahsjourney
My favorite case this week was Niko... an 11yo MN Labrador Retriever with #LarPar
or laryngeal paralysis. He presented to the ED in respiratory distress and cyanotic. Flow-by oxygen was delivered and his mucous membranes quickly returned to pink within minutes. He also had a more mysterious ailment which was a mass on the ventral left side of his neck which grew larger during these episodes (as they have been becoming more frequent). He was the recipient of a tie-back surgery in April of 2018 for the #LarPar
but our thoughts were that something may be amiss with his tie-back site. We Propofol’d him down and examined his oral cavity and throat to see the larynx and the tie-back site for ourselves with the expert eyes of our surgical specialists as well. His tie-back site had failed. He was fitted with a temporary tracheostomy tube after having another episode with me while I was walking him outside where he turned cyanotic while straining to urinate and defecate and required additional hands to carry him back in and place him back on flow-by. He feels like a totally normal dog with the temp trach tube in place and will be having a second tie-back surgery but with our surgical team this time around and hopefully will fare much better in the future. As for the mass, we did multiple FNA’s but couldn’t get any decent aspiration of the cells. It’s still on the to-do list for IMED. Our guess is salivary mucocele. Other than that, he’s been a doll to work with and he seems to only really like my food lol 😂 🐾FOLLOW @ECCVETTECH
🐾 #vetmed #veterinary #veterinarymedicine #vet #vettech #vettechs #veterinarytechnician #veterinarytechnicians #laryngealparalysis #tiebacksurgery #tracheostomy #tracheotomy #medicine #emergency #emergencymedicine #ecc #criticalcare #prevet #vetschool #surgery #surgicalcases #tiebackprocedure #eccvettech
Sneak peek at the special surprise coming this Friday! ⏰🚒🧒
Open enrollment season. Anyone else looking at their insurance this time of year? Exhausting, isn’t it?!
Working within the system is such a pain. Things have become so complex and at every turn there are hurdles.
That system has become increasingly difficult to navigate since Brian has been on the ventilator. Finding the right level of care for him, as well as getting it covered the right way under insurance, is a constant part of our struggle. One thing might be covered while another is not. Every bill must be reviewed for coding accuracy, as well as the correct insurance coverage. I know a lot of you can feel my pain!
I can’t begin to estimate the amount of hours I’ve already spent reading up on medical insurance “stuff’, along with claims and paperwork. It’s just sad that this is where we are and how we’re ‘taking care’ of ourselves. Being sick is hard enough and we have the added stress of having to deal with all the other crap. What are we doing?!
Today I am comparing Medicare booklets to be sure I’m aware of any changes for next year. We’re trying a new approach to home care and I also need to understand what is covered for that. At least I can share what I learn with other caregivers as I go.
Just about 100 pages to go. TGIF, am I right?! 😂
Loosing my CT scan virginity 👶🏻 started the process of getting my trachea scar covered up! Excuse the double chin 😳 #ctscan #tracheotomy #fox
11 years ago I made a decision that almost cost me my life. I could blame everyone involved with bitterness and sorrow, but over the years I’ve learned to forgive and let go.
I choose to forgive.
Trauma is never easy. It can stem from the roots of our soul and lead us to the darkest places. It took me years to be able to talk about my trauma and even to this day when I look in the mirror I still notice the scars that stare back at me. My natural tattoos as I like to call them. They are a constant reminder of how lucky I am to still be here on this earth.
People often comment on my positive, upbeat energy and I can honestly say I am not happy all the time. But returning to the basics instills enlightenment, balance and gratefulness. When I feel overwhelmed, sad or lonely, I mindfully draw back to my breath. Breath is our life source and our centre that we so absent-mindedly take for granted roughly 23 thousand times a day (give or take).
Breathwork has been around for eons, but for me it has a particularly special meaning. With every breath I love to feel the air rush through my nostrils, sliver down my throat and curl into my lungs. For a long time I never knew if I would ever feel that again. I was stuck with a #tracheotomy
tube at the base of my throat instead.
I’ve learned many harsh lessons in this lifetime, but each lesson has been a necessary step towards a higher purpose. Today with each breath I am grateful.
I am alive.
Thank you for being a part of this crazy rollercoaster of a journey called life. It’s been messy, but oh so beautiful 🌈
#grateful #blessed #beautifulmess #messybeautiful #justbreathe #love #forgive #heal #onebreathatatime #backtobasics #appreciatewhatyouhave #appreciatewhoyouare #appreciatewhereyouare #appreciatehowfaryouvecome #appreciatethejourney #trauma #survivor #letstalktrauma #whatdoesntkillyou #strengthinforgiveness #strengthinkindness #imalive #yogafortrauma #yogaislove #surfyoga
This Strongman gets decannulated in April!🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
19 months ago (just days after my friend and I prayed for freedom from supplemental oxygen) he was able to stop using supplemental oxygen for the first time in his life, but there was no hope for decannulation ever. And here we are with such improved health that both the ENT and pulmonologist were fairly hopefully that he'd do fine even before the scope that confirmed what they saw. .
In the Bible it says that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, stored up the treasures of Jesus' early life in her heart, and I (Strongman's Mom) can't help but feel similarly: I'm watching a miracle unfold, and the joy is profound. Our unique kiddos are so beautiful and precious. What a blessing and gift they are to the world!
#AMC #arthrogryposis #arthrogryposismultiplexcongenita #decannulation #trachbaby #tracheotomy #differentlyabled
No Longer Will, I hide in fear of posting this! This is my testimony🙌🏽🙌🏽Do you not see that I was depending on that walker..."No I need my walker", "I can't go without it or "I will fall"...but this is how God works things out and make his word come even clearer! As I started to get up and take baby steps without my walker...the more I became confident in myself! The more I trusted God that he wouldn't let me fall , and that I didn't have to worry about any of it because he already knows and my steps are already ordered🙌🏽 The walker represents, the low point in our lives, where we feel like things aren't just going right, or things aren't the same, Nothing was meant to be the same! Those baby steps I'm talking about are..The progress and the effort your making to change your ways and commit yourself to The Lord 🙌🏽...Once you start getting used to those baby steps..Your steps will get bigger because your FAITH will be bigger, I'm not taking about that "Everytime there's a problem Faith"..I'm talking about the Faith that you have on a daily basis, that you are trusting God in ALL things! NO LONGER will you allow your feelings to dictate your purpose!
Psalms 46:1- God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble
God is a WAYMAKER🙏🏽🙏🏽
(I don't own rights to this song). #tracheostomy #heisahealer #waymaker #jesus #tracheotomy