Mia had her chest tubes removed this morning! Another small step forward. As I sit by her bedside, they are working on lowering the ventilator and "hope" to have her off of it later today. The doctor said that she feels confident that it will be gone by tommorow. I think the fever that lingered held us back as far as progress goes. You quickly learn in this process that it is one step forward and two steps back. It has been an emotional rollercoaster for sure. But I will take any amount of progress however small it may.
The doctors and nurses are great here which definitely makes things easier when you are going through this. It is difficult to get use to all of the activity and it makes resting hard. I do leave the room from time to time just for a change of pace or to clear my head. I have met a couple other families here whose children have also gone through open heart surgery though mulitiple times. The family whose daughter had the procedure that the surgeon mistakenly explained to us is in the room next to Mia. I talked to her mom this morning and her daughter was adopted too!
I pray that this is the day that Mia begins to "round the corner." I am amazed at all this little girl has been through and long to hold her and see a bit of her personality.