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deborahe (@deborahe)

Cricoid Chondrosarcoma

Head & Neck Cancer | Last Active: Mar 16 8:24am | Replies (46)

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Congratulations, how exciting and what a BIG day! My learning from post trach removal is; when coughing, speaking or doing anything with your voice do place a few fingers over the area where the trach was, use a nebulizer to provide moisture and take some Musinex D. The good news is that the hole will close very quickly. Patience is still required to allow your body to learn how to breathe normally again. Good luck. Jeff

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@jeffk You are offering some great suggestions! Teresa

Deb, wanted to see how you are progressing post trach. I bet you miss the noise at night from the device used to provide moisture for the trach. Hope all is well. Jeff

Hi Jeff, I don’t miss a darn thing about that trach! (I never had the nighttime humidifier mask, which I think I should have had.) My voice is improving slowly, though my breathing seems about the same as it did with the trach. It’s good to be able to communicate verbally once again. I am sleeping so much better now and that makes a huge difference. How long did you feel it took for you to get back to your pre-surgery level of activity? Hope you are doing well, too. Deb