Jack and family --
If I can offer you any consolation about the trach its this: My mom has been dealing with the after effects of Steven's Johnson syndrome and was the ICU at HCMC. She was put on a trach after a few weeks of being on a ventilator and was much improved with the trach. We were so scared the first time we heard the words "tracheotomy" or "tracheostomy," so I know how frightening it is. But she really had an easier time breathing with the trach. I'm sure that's the reason the doctors are recommending it for Eileen.. (By the way, my mom is recovering).
Thoughts and prayers continue to be with you, Eileen and all the family.
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