October 31, 2009
A Better Day
It took longer for Rachel to wake up from the anesthesia then the doctors thought and she was being lazy about breathing. She had been on the ventilator since Monday, so yesterday they finally decided to dial down her ventilator to force her to breath on her own and it worked. They were able to take the tube out tonight at 6PM! Rachel also had two poopy diapers today which is wonderful. That means her system is starting to work the way it should. The doctors expect to be able to do the dye test on Monday to make sure she doesn't have any leaks in her system. After that, she'll be able to start eating! Right now she weighs 5 pounds, 2 ounces. It won't be long until she is out of her preemie clothes.
In the picture above, Rachel has on her first Halloween outfit. It was given to us by someone in the NICU as a anonymous gift. The picture was taken before the ventilator tube came out when we were visiting her earlier afternoon...I'm sure she's MUCH cuter now.