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.