air travel for adults with trachs
I am sixty-nine years old and have had a trach since November of 2008 due to paralysed vocal cords. I would like to resume travelling by air including trips overseas, but I need to know how can I maintain my trach under the conditons of dry air on the plane. I need to clear out my trach quite a few times a day due to mucous and some times clotted blood. Normally I clear it out with running water in the sink. If I'm out, I "dry" clean it with a brush and a paper towel to wipe off the brush. I moisturize my throat several times a day as needed with the compressor or the nebulizer. How best can this be done on a plane? Would a squeeze bottle spray be good enough?
Is it normal to have so much mucous? And how about the blood clots that clog up the tube? My paralysis of the vocal cords came from numerous insertions and removals of the ventilator tube over nine days after open-heart surgery. Will the vocal cords come back on their own after 18 months of inactivity? Tom Beverly Hills, MI