August 03, 2011

Vocal Cord

Garren is asleep tonight, he had a long day. We all did. We had to have him at the hospital at 7:30 this morning to check in and get ready for his procedure. We went through all the paperwork, signed our lives away again, met with the doctor, and then they took Garren away around 8:45.

The entire procedure only took about 15-20 minutes. The doctor injected a gel into Garren's left vocal cord. The left cord is the one that is not working. The plan is for the gel to push his left vocal cord toward the middle, so that both cords will come together more naturally. This is what protects our airways when we swallow.

The doctor came out and told us everything went as planned. Garren is not supposed to talk for the next two days...like that's possible! He's doing pretty good with that, but he has so much to say!

So we will see how this changes things for Garren. Hopefully it will help with his swallowing. It's a temporary fix, not meant to be permanent. The gel wears off usually after about 6 months. So we will continue to work with him, helping him with throat and tongue exercises, and praying for continued healing.

5 comments:

Lynn Rogers said...

We continue to pray for Garren's healing and continuing strengthening of his body and spirit. We know God is at work and will keep on working until it (His healing and His plan) is complete. May God encourage each of you, as you endure the waiting and watching that goes hand in hand with God's healing. "I am leaving you with a gift- peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid." -John 14:27 Blessings from the Rogers Family (Kaitlyn Rogers' Mom)

Anonymous said...

Still continuing to pray for all of you.

Anonymous said...

The Kearney's are praying for Garren! We love you guys!

Kitty @ Four Little Toms and a Mom said...

I love reading these updates. All of us in the Hinkle family have kept up with each bit of progress so that our daily prayer can be specific to Garren's needs. Joe's summer reading for a class in his medical science program deals with similar issues in the brain and he narrates what he reads to us and we think about and pray for Garren as he does. We are truly bless by the gifs God has given us through recent breakthroughs in technology. So thankful for each step forward for Garren and continuing to pray!

tammywingate said...

so thankful to hear of more good news!! we are still praying for Garren at home and at work!! I have taken a job at Metrolina Christian Preschool and Morgan and Macky will be at MCA full time ..next week....we are all thrilled to be at the same place this year. Praying for the complete healing and so thankful for each step in that direction!!Keep up the good work!!
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