ENT came and did the bedside scope yesterday. Verdict: One of her vocal chords is not working, her left one to be exact.
Not 100% sure what this means. Right now, it’s that she has little voice, her cry is weak, and it is questionable whether we can let her try and learn to “eat” right now.
They will be doing a special swallow study to determine how “non-working” the vocal chord is. My understanding is fuzzy at this point, but evidently your vocal chords play a lot of work into you swallowing… they close to help protect your airway when you swallow, so if one isn’t closing, it might mean that she is at great risk of aspirating.
Unsure of treatments, if any, there are for this. I think a lot is just time… sometimes they just need time to get working again.
It’s a little disheartening… but God knew all this too. Please pray with us that it gets better SOON and that she passes her swallow study so she can EAT!
Please also continue to pray for her lungs. She’s VERY congested (I was on the phone with a few people and they were all like… awww I hear her coo! and I responded… no, that is her junky breathing you hear!) They think she might have just a little cold virus, which isn’t great, but we can’t go home until it clears up, since her sats keep dipping and she needs a LOT of respiratory treatments (she’s on 4 of them right now…) as well as deep suctioning.
THANK YOU for your prayers!!!! We appreciate them all!