Chance got his tracheostomy tube out a week ago, so why am I still dealing with the damn #trachmonster ?
The hole doesn’t want to close up. We’re supposed to keep an airtight seal, but Chance has other ideas. He scratches at the bandages, which is understandable, but I can’t have that so sometimes I’ll add the bright, stretchy material that doctors use after taking blood.
Other than this and scissors, here are the supplies:
Here is #1 – the non adhesive foam dressing. Lay it sticky side up.
#2 will be the bandage. Lay it sticky side up right in the middle of the foam dressing from above.
#3 It’s just a 4×4 sponge. Fold it until it’s a 1×1 then lay it over the bandage sponge.
#4 and last, get some vasaline. I’ve got the strips, which I cut and lay over the 1×1 sponge. But you could just scoop up some regular vasaline (just a bit) and lay it on the sponge.
#5 Lay the vasaline directly over the hole and seal everything tight. You shouldn’t hear any air coming out of the hole. If you do, add tape to that area and put the stretchy material around the neck. Be careful, not too tight.
You’re going to build it, like this. Please ignore the bandages. Just add vasaline strip on top. Also the pad at bottom below should be adhesive also. Sometimes you can find a thin film that will cover everything.