Ginny was taken off the ventilator and extubated at about 4:30 this afternoon. She is a bit groggy and squirmy, but she is doing great. The next step will be to remove the tube attached to her left atria that was placed to measure her atrial pressure. That should happen some time tomorrow. After that we will remove her right atrial tube, then her chest tubes. After the chest tubes have been removed we'll be able to bring the grandparents in for a visit. We're not exactly sure when that will be, but we're guessing some time around Wednesday of next week.
Tuesday Ginny is scheduled for a bedside swallow study. If everything goes well, she will be feeding by mouth (either bottle or breast) by the end of next week. We appreciate everyone's help and support through this difficult time. A lot of people have asked if there is anything else they can do to help. In the next few days we will be sharing a new program at the Ronald McDonald House called Ginny's Room. Please keep checking back for details. Thanks you again for all your help.