My little cutie...awake and smiling and sucking her favorite fingers. I know the head IV looks kind of funny, but it really is the best place to put an IV on Hope. She can't reach it and that means it will actually stay put!
Check out the 93...that is her oxygen saturation! I have NEVER seen it that high. She was sleeping really well and I had to take a picture!
Hope made a complete turnaround! They extubated her late last night and she did fine. This morning they kept lowering her 02 and about 4 pm they put her on low flow and she was at 1 liter...basically room air with a little push. I got to feed my starving little girl today and she showed them how hungry a little girl can get in 3 days of not eating. She downed 4 ounces in about 3 minutes and decided to finish 2 more ounces over the next hour. Dawn was Hope's nurse again today and I think she got her addicted to 'sweeties'. This is a little tube full of sugar water that you put on a pacifier. Hope LOVES the sweeties.
Based on how Hope did today, I am thinking she will be moving to step-down tomorrow...Saturday at the latest. Of course, Hope may decide to throw out another curve ball, but I am praying almost non-stop that she doesn't. She looks so good and she was talking and looking around most of the day today. Surprisingly, she doesn't seem to be in as much pain as I thought she would.
I also spent a little time away from Hope today giving blood. They were doing a blood drive at the hospital and as Hope used someone else's blood, I felt I should give some of mine to someone else. I encourage everyone to give blood when there is a blood drive. It is an easy way to help someone else.