Ethan is off the ventilator! We are so grateful for the progress he has had over the past 24 hours. It started with finally being stable and then the doctors decided it was finally time to wean him off the vent! He has been off of the ventilator for almost 4 hours. I have loved every minute of looking at his beautiful face. He has nasal prongs providing high flow oxygen right now. But that is so much better than the ventilator. They also let us wrap him up in a blanket, his favorite.
Unfortunatley I still cannot hold him due to the heart meds he is on and one of his IV lines still goes directly into his heart. Those need to be gone before Greg or I can hold him. He still has one chest tube in, but they took the left one out today. It's a good day!
The only negative news is Ethan is pretty uncomfortable. In order to wean him off the ventilator they had to wean him off sedation and pain meds to ensure he would not be too groggy to remember to breath. We also cannot hear him cry yet. The vocal chords are irritated from the breathing tube that was in. If it doesn't improve over the next few days we will know there is also temporary paralysis from the surgery.I cannont say thank you enough for your faith, love, and prayers!
Greg and Heidi