the hole was smiling
a tour of new orifice
has really nice view
Yesterday, my husband and I changed out Ike-a-saurus' trach for the first time. I yanked the sucker out and my husband popped the new one in. In the brief moment the hole was exposed and we got a good look at it, I swear that it smiled at me.
"I am the new orifice that saved your baby!" It said, Naked Lunch-style. "Hello."
"Hello, to you, too," I said. "Thanks for making sure my baby gets oxygen."
"No problem," it replied, oozing a little phlegm. "Sorry about all this shit I keep spewing out."
"Ah well," I answered. "You're a hole. What else are you supposed to do?"
And we all laughed merrily.
Only five more trach changes to go, a lung staph infection to beat, and learning how to nurse again… then we can go home.