The first problem is that his left vocal chord is paralyzed and is not moving. We are hopeful this is not a permanent issue but we will not know for sure until he gets older. Probably within the next year or so we will know what impact this will have on him. According to the ENT doctor, the impact should be minor in the sense that Chase just won't be able to sing any high opera notes when he grows up. But he'll still be able to talk and yell (yippee!) so we're not terribly concerned about this. It still isn't news we wanted to hear, but it could be much worse.
The second issue they found is the one that will put him in the OR on Wednesday afternoon. Apparently there is some scar tissue near the back is his throat that most likely was caused by the breathing tube irritating his throat. They plan to take him to the OR to remove that scar tissue before it causes further complications. The prognosis for this is good, but they won't know for sure how bad it is until they get him into surgery. The thing about this that upsets me the most is that they'll have to intubate him again for the surgery. This seems counterintuitive to me since it was the breathing tube that caused this issue in the first place! They tell me it will be removed within an hour or so after the surgery, but it just bothers me to know he'll be taking a step backwards in his recovery. Ultimately we have been blessed beyond measure with how well Chase has recovered so far so this truly is a very minor setback. But it just kills me to know my baby will be back in for another surgery and back on the ventilator. My hope and prayer is that the procedure will go well without any complications and they won't find any additional areas of concern. Please begin praying for Chase even now as his little body continues to recover from all of this and as he prepares for another operation.
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