You may recall that Albert was scheduled for delicate throat surgery last month, and that his surgery was postponed when he contracted a serious throat infection.
Albert has been through a full course of antibiotics, then a second course of stronger antibiotics, without seeing an end to his infection. Since Albert is physically stronger (and heavier) that he has ever been before, this probably means it is a viral infection which he will just have to beat naturally. Even though he is visibly struggling with copious quantities of bodily fluids interfering with his breathing, he remains cheerful and responsive to his siblings and parents. He has the sympathy of his siblings, but perhaps not enough to stop them referring to him as the "snot-monster" and "mucus-man", much to Dad's dismay.
Albert attended an appointment with the respiratory specialists today and we have some updated plans. The short version is that Albert needs a new machine, called a nebuliser, (a couple of hundred dollars worth of new equipment and supplies) to disperse a form of salty mist which he is forced to breathe through a mask (not the same mask he uses with CPAP when he sleeps). He was quite calm during the demonstration today. I guess they can't do much to him that he hasn't already seen. Who knows how it will work out on a daily basis? To be honest I could put up with any amount of fuss if it resulted in more than four hours sleep at a time.
The specialist also told us today that Albert's tonsils and adenoid glands have grown significantly larger. Large enough, in fact, to impinge upon his ability to breathe freely. This is not an unusual problem with Trisomy 21 children. The usual solution is to have them all removed as soon as possible. The specialist will ask the throat surgeon to include the removal of tonsils and adenoids in the (delayed) throat operation. So the operation which was already a big deal, is now an even bigger deal.
Please join us in praying that Albert recovers quickly from his infection, especially that it does not spread to his lungs, and that his operation is safe and successful.