Hope's breathing tube was taken out today. The doctors decided that they lowered everything enough that she would probably be fine if they took it out. About three this afternoon they finally decided it was time. My mom was there with me and we both decided to go to get coffee while they were taking it out. They explained that there would probably be a lot of alarms going off and it would take about half an hour to get her fully stabilized, so we waited until the nurse came and got us from the waiting room. I have to say that apart from the surgery and closing her up...I was most nervous about them taking out the breathing tube. She did great without it before the surgery, but it scared me so much thinking about them taking it out and then possibly having to put it back in again.
Picture from today after the breathing tube came out:
It was great seeing her again without the breathing tube. She still had oxygen through her nose, but they said that wouldn't last too long. It is basically to make sure everything is fine and that she doesn't have any problem breathing on her own.
I wanted to share the next picture because it was something I noticed today and it means a lot to me:
As you can see from the picture, Hope's bandages are in the sign of the cross. I think it is totally symbolic of the role God has played in her life. It is just another sign that God is watching out for our little girl and is answering our prayers every single day.
Jerry and I want to thank everyone yet again for another miraculous day. We would be lost without the support, thoughts, and prayers from everyone. THANK YOU!!!