Yesterday I was having a conversation with Simeon. I was leaning over him, cozy on the floor, telling him about how handsome he is. He was smiling and happy– and then I stood up, looked away from him, and went to the kitchen for a glass of water.
What was I thinking? How dare I look away from him? How dare I move to another part of the house without asking him to accompany me? His hysterical shrieks of agony made it perfectly clear: I am no longer at liberty to move freely about the house– unless I take him with me.
Attachment– something I have a lot of in my life right now.
Thinking about Simeon’s recent neediness, his desire to be attached to another human at all times (that’s right, he isn’t specific about who holds him, he just knows that someone had darn well better be doing it), got me thinking about all the other attachments we have in our home–
Specifically, trach attachments.
I post so many photos of Sim-a-Roo and sometimes I get questions about all the little gizmos that are on his trach. I know I’ve mentioned most of them before but it might be helpful to say again. Actually, it’s kind of amazing how many attachments have been created to make the trach behave in different ways, and how sickeningly expensive each attachment can be.
Yes! That’s right! All kinds of attachment options to turn your machine into something completely awesome! Other than the fact that your trach can’t make homemade sausage or linguine (give me some time folks… I’m working on it), these two have a lot in common!
Take these three attachments for example:
- Humid Vent: Acts as an artificial “Nose” moistening the air that is inhaled through the trach and catching any dust so that the lungs stay happy. KitchenAid Equivalent – The Juicer (because it’s healthy like that)
- Passy-Muir Valve : Allows Simeon to speak by letting him to breath in through the trach but out through his nose and mouth. Sweet! KitchenAid Equivalent – The Ice-Cream Maker (because it’s so darn sweet to hear Sim goo-goo and ga-ga)
- Cap: Totally blocks the trach so that the patient can practice breathing through their nose and mouth. KitchenAid Equivalent – The Food Grinder (because it’s hard work, y’all!)
And now we have a new attachment in our home– the ventilator. A tube attaches from the vent (on CPAP settings, and don’t you forget it!) to the trach and gives Sim a nice flow of air to help him breath deeply during sleep. We aren’t sure how long this new attachment will be around, but for now it’s doing a nice job of keeping Sim stable through the night. Bet your KitchenAid mixer can’t do that!