To update everyone from Monday...Annabelle continued to do well with her CPAP tests where they turn off the vent for 30 minutes every 6 hours to allow her to practice breathing on her own. She passed the last "test" at 9:30 this morning and is currently being extubated!!! The respiratory therapist just kicked us out to take her off the ventilator and put her on some oxygen to help give her a little peep of help with her breathing. This is a very big step so please pray that Annabelle is able to maintain her breathing and not have to be put back on the vent. We were told that does happen sometimes but we know that God is hearing our prayers and He created our amazingly strong daughter to be a fighter. She was quite fiesty when we left her and definitely is ready for that tube to come out. She looked around and found where it was and grabbed it several times. She is a smart little princess, too!
As I posted on Sunday night, Monday was my Daddy's birthday. So, after he brought Wyatt here to visit we went to lunch together. When we got back to the hospital, I noticed immediately that Annabelle was missing a tube. They had removed her chest tube while we were at lunch! She hadn't had much drainage from her chest and heart so the PC (pediatric cardiologist) went ahead and took that one out. That was a wonderful surprise! We still have 9 tubes to go but she is well on her way.
Scott and I will work on posting more pictures tonight for everyone to see her pretty little face!
Thank you all for your prayers!!! This is by far the hardest thing that we have ever faced as parents but knowing that we have such a strong group of prayer warriors fighting with our daughter makes it seem bareable.