I took BOTH girls to the pool for the first time! It was amazing! I brought a hand full of HME's, a bib (with a plastic backing), the ventilator and the emergency bag to the pool. Hannah was soo excited and Hailey was actually enjoying the pool. Usually Hailey just wants to look around and be held. This time Hailey wanted to run around, play and drink the water.
At first it didn't feel like any different then taking Hailey to the pool but after about 5 minutes sitting on the stairs I started to freak my self out a little bit about all this water around Hannah, every little splash made me jump.. but I calmed down a bit after I put her bib/splash guard on. Like most little kids in the swimming pool Hannah turned a little bit blue making it really hard to tell if she was turning blue from not being able to breath or because she was cold. The pool was also really noisy so it was hard to hear the sounds of her breaths. But all and all it was a really good experience, lost 4 HME's in the pool and the girls had alot of fun. I'm glade Hannah got to experience something semi normal, she really enjoyed sitting in the shallow end of the pool splashing her hands in the water and walking around holding grandmas hands.
"The main threat of swimming with a tracheostomy is water aspiration, which is the introduction of liquids or solids into the trachea instead of the esophagus. The risk of aspiration greatly increases when swimming with a tracheostomy because of the tracheostomy tube’s placement. Because the tube is located below the pharyngeal, or gag, reflex, water can easily enter the lungs without any physical attempts to prevent it. Pediatric tracheostomy patients are more likely to aspirate water and should not be permitted to swim. Aspiration can cause stoma site infection, serious brain trauma or death.