This week is Global Tracheostomy Tube Awareness Week, and I would like to tell you something about this picture and why representation matters.
I love that there's a little girl with a tracheostomy in an advertisement for kids' clothing.I love that a new audience is now seeing a kid with a trach, because before Xiomara, I had never seen a kid with a trach.I love that the ad is not about a trach. It's just a kid, in a pretty dress, who happens to have a trach.
I love that there is a parent with a trached kid in the NICU somewhere right now who might see this, and pause, and hopefully then see their kid as a kid full of potential, and not as a long list of medical diagnoses.I love that this image of the trach is not scary and medical, like it often is.I love that Xiomara's pulse ox machine is just hanging out in the background. I know that a great majority of people have no idea what that is, but I am so excited for my fellow medical parents to see it and exclaim "WE HAVE THE SAME PULSE OX!"