Loretta Holmes

First post: Aug 10, 2022 Latest post: Oct 20, 2023

Hey friends and family,

This is Wade; I’ll probably be the main one posting on here.

We cannot THANK YOU all enough for the prayers you have offered up on our behalf! We need them; the Spirit is interceding for us with them! Amen and thank you. We leave Wednesday, August 10th to head up to Cincinnati to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Loretta’s surgery is Thursday, the 11th at Cincinnati Children’s. We go in at 10:30 am and they take her back at noon. The procedure is called Single Stage Laryngotracheal Reconstruction (SSLTR). Here is a one-minute video that explains the procedure way better than I could:

Elsie will be in Nashville. She’ll do a week with my parents, and then transition to Emily‘s parents coming in town and staying at our house with her. We’d be really grateful for prayers for Elsie. Beyond grateful for all the prayers for our Loretta, but this past five years have also been a lot on Elsie. It’s going to be a lot for her to not be with us for around a month for Loretta’s recovery.

We do not know how Loretta will sound or speak or breathe or eat after this surgery. She will have multiple therapies to hopefully get back to her current spot or better. She is ready and excited for her trach to be out. The past couple of weeks she’s asked every night at bedtime if her trach is really coming out! She made a joke with Emily the other day about how we won’t have to do her care (changing her gauze pads, etc.) every day after her trach is out. We want her to be able to run free and breathe easier and sing at the top her lungs. But, we know this is all a process. Her voice may take a step backwards after the surgery, but we are not sure. So, on that note…

Here are our prayers so far:
⁃ Elsie going back to school… that she would feel loved and seen.
⁃ We have never been away from Elsie for this long. We are going to miss her terribly, but we know she is in good hands.
⁃ Loretta and Elsie are incredibly close; they will miss each other deeply.
⁃ For the doctors and nurses.
⁃ The surgery to go beautifully!
⁃ For the pain medicines to be the right combination to keep her comfortable.
⁃ Caring nurses… we will be in the ICU about 10 days and then the Complex Airway unit after that.
⁃ The weaning process when she comes off of the full-body paralytic (which she’ll be on a handful of days) is a hard, hard process… hoping the withdrawal symptoms are at a minimum and that Emily and I know how to be with her through all this.
⁃ No infections.
⁃ No granulation.
⁃ Extubation process (removing her ventilator tube after the surgery) to work the first time and go smoothly.
⁃ All the therapies she will have to do after (speech, swallow, voice, PT/OT) to go well.

I’ll update when I can.

Much love,

Wade, Emily, Elsie, and Loretta Holmes

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