Airway problems ??
I have CP hemi left side and am also visually impaired. I'm still very functional. But over the last 2 years, I have lost ground with mobility. I have gone from being able to walk a good deal to having to use a wheelchair to cover distance. My left leg has become weaker.
If I fist my left hand, I get mild spastic tremors and I now have dentists telling me that I have alot of saliva. Neither of these things were present a couple of years ago.
Ok, now to my very ***NEW*** problem. I went in for a Lap-choly (laparoscopic gallbladder surgery) 2 weeks ago. As they went to start the process of intubation, my airway completely collapsed. I was under as is the normal procedure for starting intubation, when this happened. They couldn't even secure the airway with the fiber optic scope. I reached criical and the surgeon started a tracheotomy and my airway suddenly opened. Oxygen levels were too low so they spent the next hour bringing levels back up and the surgey was canceled and I spent the night in trauma.
They couldn't tell me why this had happened but felt CP very likely played a part. I had a chest x-ray because there was so much saliva that it was felt I had flued on the lungs . Chest x-ray was clear.
I have not had a problem in any way like this before. I am now classed as a *difficult intubation* and must be intubated awake.
I went back in just 10 days ago and was intubated awake with no problem other then I locked down on the bite guard but let go when told a couple of times to do so. The surgery went without event but I spent a couple of days in trauma to make sure all was well.
I'm wondering if anyone else has had this kind of thing happen and been told intubation is difficult because of CP?