Juliana is off the ventilator! We called in this morning and they have moved her to a bi-phasic CPAP mask for breathing. She is extubated and doing well. The bi-phasic mask helps push air into her lungs, but she is doing the work. The damage done to her lungs by being ventilated for so long stops and she can begin recovering lung function. Another benefit is that we will soon be able to hear her cry for the first time. We have seen her face red and mad before, but with intubation, it is completely silent. Soon, she will be able to make some noise! We’ll be heading to the hospital soon to see her.
Update: The nurses took a picture of her before they put the mask on and gave it to us. It is our first look at her face unencumbered.
She had an x-ray earlier today of her chest and her lungs look very clear. The orthopedist also stopped by and let us know that her femur should be completely healed in 2 weeks time. We will be spending most of the evening visiting with her. I’m on schedule to kangaroo tomorrow. Good stuff!