Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's out...again!!!

Gracie is extubated again and is doing well! Yesterday she had four spontaneous trials off the vent and did remarkably well, so well that she tried several times to take the tube out herself. Its sad how routine it feels to me to be in the room while they extubate, I've seen it so many times that I asked if Gracie could help pull it out this time. It was funny because the Attending even asked just as the RT was pulling the tube out if he was going to let Gracie help. When she realized I was only joking, she said it probably wouldn't have been a good idea....
Gracie is still on high flow of 7, rather high but we don't want to push her, especially since her x-ray looked amazing!!! So now we start the process of getting her to the floor by weaning all the things keeping her in the PICU, I think we will be there till at least this weekend, but you never know.
I am extremely grateful for Gracie and how strong she is. I am grateful that so many care and worry about her, and that they are as anxious as I am to get her home and get us back to 'normalacy'. Here are some pictures from today and even a little video, you can see how puffy she still is, she was almost fluid positive 400!! Poor baby has so much fluid in her face she looks like a chipmunk.

Look mom, no tube!!

The bubbles and secretions we are constantly sucking out of her, yuck!
Just a bit of her playing, quite happy 2 1/2 hours after extubation.

video

15 comments:

The G Fam said...

Oh my heck- she is so stinkin' cute! We just love her and hopefully she will be home to meet her new cousin!

lori said...

We're so happy!!! We love you guys!

aj said...

Oh yay! What a welcome sight . . . it's so good to see her bouncing back like this! She is SOOOO very cute :)

Nic and Ashley Haws said...

She is so beautiful! I'm so glad to hear that she's EXTUBATED!!! Yay for her! She is so amazing!

Aimee and Hardy said...

Hurray! She looks so good! Keep up the good work Gracie.

Karilynn said...

I'm so thrilled to see Gracie doing so well. :o) What an amazing little spirit. Thanks for sharing her with all of us!

Christina said...

Yeah for no tube. Love the pictures. She is beautiful!

Hugs & Prayers,
Christina
Jacob's Momma

Erica said...

Woo Hoo!!! Yay for no tube. I love that picture with her tongue sticking out.

Kimberly said...

Gracie looks so good! I can't believe how active she is! I'm sure she is loving not having tubes down her throat! Her hair looks lighter to me. Her scar looks great! She looks great! It is amazing how independent and determined that little girl is at such a young age. I am sure that she does not inherit her stubborn persistence from her mommy! :D Love you guys! I continue to pray for you!

Heidi McMillan said...

So happy she is extubated and doing so well.

emily and kevin griffin said...

yay! so happy for grace and for your family!

Melissa said...

Cute darling girl!
Melissa - IHH

Hilary said...

oh ya!!! Congratulations!!! That is so awesome!! Great Job Grace we are so proud of you.

Mike and Rebecca said...

She looks so good. Steady as she likes it. Take good care of that little fighter. Rebecca IHH

summer said...

Yay! So glad she is doing well!