My son was on a ventilator and trached for 9 years. At the age of nine he had his trach removed and the stoma closed surgically.
After the surgery his dad and I stood at his bedside talking to the surgeon Dr. Holinger and the nurse about the procedure. We were so excited to hear his first words.
Johnny started to stir, we all looked over him.
Me: Johnny, how are you sweetie. You did a great job, once again!
Dr. Holiger: Hey Buddy, you did great!
Dad and the nurse stared at him.
We all anxiously waited to hear what he would say.
Johnny looked up at the four head staring down at him, rolled his eyes and said “God Damn it”, then he went back to sleep.
His first words, took 9 year and I just don’t blame him. Priceless!!