Glorious day, praise the Lord, our savior and healer!! Every night we pray for the Lord to fill our beautiful angel with his love and healing spirit and I think last night she got an extra dose!! She was doing very well last night after I held her and they continued to wean her ventilator settings. Then this morning she was doing so well that they decided to extubate her. Wow!! I was a little shocked that they would try so much so fast. Janet, the RT, told us last night that her goal was by today or tomorrow, but honestly I didn't know if she would be ready!!
It truly is amazing, she does not look like the frail little angel she was before, she is starting to look like a chunky little baby!! I often get very excited, but it is hard not to with everything that is going on!! They have prepared us that she may need to go back on the ventilator, but it is so exciting to see her making leaps like this!! So when they extubated her they tried to put her on the CPAP machine and she was struggling a little. To help out, they lowered her fentanyl by half (it is the pain medication that she has been on since the 1st surgery, but it also acts as a respiratory depressant) and they put her on a bi-phasic CPAP machine. This machine helps her out a little bit more by giving her lungs a little extra pressure every 5 seconds to help her absorb more oxygen. Here is a link to a webMD CPAP site to help explain it better.
Here are some more pictures, we will have more updates later. Thank you for all of the prayers and support!!