I had gallbladder removal surgery - first time I’ve ever been sedated - in December, which turned out to involve a bit of a complication. I have a small, ventral airway. It took 5 anesthesiologists two hours to get me intubated, and in the end the head of the department came in and figured out I had to be awake for the intubation, plus I needed a pediatric (size 6) ET tube. A big part of my recovery was due to mouth/throat/airway trauma and I was in the hospital an extra two nights because of the inflammation.
My surgeon (actually not just him, two others on the surgical team also said I will always need to be intubated awake or serious damage will be done) was very clear that I should get a medical alert bracelet or necklace that states “ventral airway” in case I’m ever found unconscious and need to be intubated. A tracheotomy would be the first choice, as I’m impossible to intubate if I can’t help with it.
So, the question is, what’s really the best thing to have engraved? I’ve mentioned this to a few medical people and they’re not sure “ventral airway” would be obvious enough in an emergency to automatically mean “do a tracheotomy on this woman, don’t even try normal intubation if she’s unconscious.”
And, as I’ve never known anyone who wears such jewelry, what’s the best to wear, necklace or bracelet, and do you guys notice the ones that don’t really look like the classic steel chain link bracelet? I’ve perused the MedicAlert website and there are a hundred options, many which don’t look like what I would be looking for if I were an emergency responder.
It’s scary to think how much damage could be done in the wrong situation, but I’m honestly considering a tattoo might me more useful!