Ginny is doing well. She has been weaned down to 12 ppm on the nitric oxide, but still at 50% oxygen. She has also been weaned off insulin. The nurses spent most of the day trying to keep her blood pressure in a good place, her heart at a good rhythm, and getting her sedation just right. This kid is quite a fighter. She was trying to beat over the pacemaker and didn't want to take the sedation. We have convinced her that all this stuff is for her own good and everyone is very happy with her progress. We were told by one of the doctors that we should be able to close her chest in 2 to 3 days. A good, boring day.
I said I wouldn't post any more pictures of Ginny, but just to give you an idea of what it is like in here, I'm going to share this one picture with you.
This is the view from my chair. In the foreground you can see 8 of her 14 IV pumps (one was added over night) and her food pump. (Ginny has a tube that goes through her nose, down her esophagus, and through her stomach to the first part of her intestine. She gets 1 cc an hour through this tube just to keep her guts working. Maybe the hospital has some kind of deal with Pampers - I don't know.) To the left you can see her nitric oxide system and the ventilator screen behind that. Behind the IV pumps is baby Ginny. It can be kind of intimidating, but we have gotten quite an education over the last month, so it is a little less so. Also, note the Gator mobile keeping an eye on her.