Collaborating and Planning for Respiratory Season
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Collaborating and Planning for Respiratory Season

In our house, fall means changing leaves, homemade Halloween costumes, and a little nail-biting fear. Respiratory season is upon us, and that always adds an element of dread for families of kids who are medically complex.
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Life after the Trach: Not So Simple

At two months old, my son Richie received his trach, and he was ventilator dependent until he was 18 months old. Gradually, he was able to tolerate a speaking valve and capping, all working toward decannulation. It seemed to us that things would be easier once he no longer had a trach, but it isn’t quite that simple. Continue reading

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Confronting Germs With Your Medically Complex Child

The following was published as part of my “Teachable Moments” blog series for ProMedica HealthConnect. We humans are naturally social creatures. We gather, embrace and share. Unfortunately, we often share our germs. Germs are everywhere, and as a result, the parents of medically fragile children often limit their children’s interactions and essentially self-quarantine. Continue reading