Aidan's study was this afternoon. The speech therapist met us at the hospital so that she could get the results since we are going to be transitioning to a different therapy group next week. They gave Aidan little tastes of applesauce and a honey thickened liquid with barium added so they could see it on the x-rays.
Aidan is swallowing, but he is also aspirating small amounts and he's not coughing in response to the substance being in his trachea instead of the esophagus. He only coughs once the food gets past the trach tube.
This wasn't the news I was hoping for, but we'll continue to work on it. His swallow reflex is a little slow, but he is able to swallow his saliva and coughs well enough to handle his secretions. The speech therapist at the hospital suggested using a "vital stem". It is like a tens unit and delivers an electrical current to help strengthen the muscles that help Aidan swallow.
We've been looking at getting a biomodulator that other parents of near drowns are using. I was told that Medicaid would possibly pay for one, so we are going to look into that soon. Otherwise the unit is about $4000 and there is a weekend long workshop on how to use it, that I would have to go to (out of state). It's worth considering if it will help Aidan get better.
Well, I just wanted to let you all know how the study went. The bronchoscopy is Wednesday morning, so I'll definitely post after that.
Please pray that we get some good results back on Wednesday following the bronch. Pray that Aidan gets a stronger swallow and cough reflex. Thank you everyone!