My mom got her tracheostomy about a month ago! And I can report we survived the operation as well as her depression (she wanted to DIE), & her feeding tube operation as well (She's gained 5 pounds). I dohave to report she is currently in hate with her pulminologist who suggested the trach
The coughing and secretions DO let up. Sure enough - little by little.
One thing I learned... if your mom has enough strength to cough... then she can cough as you are suctioning her without jamming that tube all the way down to stimulate a cough. That has helped TREMENDOUSLY.
Also - prepare yourself for the first time she gets her trach replaced. Not surgery wise - just when the old is popped out and a new one popped in. It was horribly traumatic for ME... I about fell ooutta my chair.
THen the DR. Couldn't get the inner canula in right so my mom did it herself.
It was a little nerve wracking and new for mom. There's a little blood and I was told to expect that for a while... she's fine today (2 days later).
They did give her a child's antihystamine to help her saliva issue (she has a LOT)
but it makes her sleepy... so she isn't much into that.
After @ 4 weeks we suction 3 to 4 times in 24 hours. It's getting ot be "old hat" for her.