You might not believe this, but sometimes I have a difficult time hearing all the good news from the doctors. I'm so used to hearing terrible news that I remain very guarded with all the encouraging reports that continue to come in. Hope had an amazing day! We saw Dr. Ross in the morning and he expressed that she was doing so much better than he had expected. They extubated her first thing in the morning, took her off all heart assisting drugs and removed the ART line they worked so hard to get in yesterday. Later in the morning they removed her chest tube, the most uncomfortable one. She still has two small drains remaining, but appears to still be comfortable. In the afternoon, they removed her central line from her neck. We are glad to see the central line gone, as every time she has had one before, it resulted in a blood clot.
By 3:30 pm she was comfortable enough, on narcotics, to be held! It was incredible to have her back in my arms, I didn't miss a single day holding her! She has been weaned down on her pain medications and our goal is to have her on only Tylenol sometime soon. We were also told today that they plan to move her up to ICE tomorrow! I cannot believe she's ready for ICE, and yet I can clearly see that she is.
Thank you so much for praying Hope through this difficult time. She has done incredibly well so far and we continue to see the power of God moving through her life. You all play a role in getting her to where she is, we have much to celebrate. Please keep praying that she will continue to do well and do better than expected!