We have finally made it home from a long day at the hospital, but we really feel good. Ginny has been off the oscillator and on the traditional vent since about 11:00 this morning and is making progress. Except for a little tantrum this afternoon, her sats have been good and the doctors are slowly weening her off the nitric oxide they have been giving her through the ventilator. When we left they were giving her 75% oxygen, and they plan to ween her by about 1% per hour over night until they get her down to 60%. The team will reassess her in the morning and make a plan for the day's treatment. The surgical team made a consultation at the end of the day and reassured us that they were ready for Ginny whenever she was ready for them. With the changes we made to her ventilator, we are one step closer to bringing her home.
We are so very thankful for all of the people at Shands. We've talked to so many world-class doctors, nurses, and other practitioners - without exception each one of them has been so incredibly friendly and professional. Each one takes care of Ginny as if she were their own. They include us in all of their discussions about her treatment and do a great job of answering all of our questions, no matter how many times we ask the same question, no matter how trivial the question might be. (At one point my question to Ginny's nurse Tony was "What day is it?" It had been a while since I had slept.)
Adding to the good news about Ginny was the fact that I received news today that I passed the Professional Engineer exam that I took in April. A great career milestone. Overall, a very good day.
Please continue to keep Ginny in your thoughts and prayers. Whatever you are doing, its working!