I put it off for as long as I could. As long as I felt it was safe, to be more accurate. I was hoping Ryan would produce a strong cough to clear his respiratory system. It didn’t happen.
So, earlier today I had to deep suction. A quick refresher on deep suction is a catheter is inserted into his nose, turns the nasal cavity, goes down the back of his throat to where the trachea splits to the lungs. Then suction is administered as it is withdrawn. Normally, this takes multiple times. Today it took three in each nostril.
Prior to doing this, I gave Ryan a nebulizer treatment with some solutions that open the airway and loosen secretion. I also spent a good deal of time giving chest therapy percussions (i.e., cupping my hands and beating on his chest).
Anyhow, the prep work seemed to have paid off. Ryan coughed and gagged a sizable amount of mucus out. He really hates this. I considered video recording it, but really, it’s hard to watch. For me doing it, I just need to put my emotions aside and do it. I don’t allow myself to think, else I get teary-eyed.