It has been a month since Losh had his trach removed. I have 2 children that do not have trachs and have never had trachs, but we are still learning how to live life without a trach.
I never let go of the thought that he could have to have his trach replaced, but so far he has done well without it. A part of me is still…
A part of me is still worried that he could have to have it replaced, but that fear is slowly dying. I am somewhat comforted that the stoma remains ever so slightly open. I would like to say that life has changed drastically since having the trach out, but the truth is that not much has changed. We never really treated him any differently for having it. We allowed him to do anything he wanted (with modifications if needed), but never held him back. I credit that to going from being dependent on this little piece of plastic, to suddenly having it removed.
Life without a trach for us means:
Not carrying around a suction machine
No daily trach care or trach changes
Less supplies to worry about
It is not a big drastic change that I thought it was going to be and for that I am grateful.