Jul 12, 2007 - 3:48 pm
Has anyone ended up with a Trach due to something that went wrong with their thyroid? I'm new with the Trach and am looking for any body else in the same situation. I've tried searching the net & asking my speech therapist, but the Trach is always tied in with many other problems. So since mine started with a Throidectomy and Lymphoma Cancer, I thought I'd ask here. I want to become somewhat independant of the humidity. How do folks go all day long without it? I really need to get back to work and that is my hold up - the chronic humidity. The Dr. wants to switch me to a different type of Trach tube. A Jackson #5, will that make that big of a difference? He mentioned something about squirting Saline down the trach if I get dried out to moisten my windpipe up. If doesn't quite feel moistened when I do this. Does anyone else do this with the saline solution? Any input at all from a fellow "neck breather" would be greatly appreciated.