She is breathing on her own. Charlotte was extubated this morning at 8 am. Besides being one of the wildest experiences of my life, it has so far been good for Charlotte. She has a nasal cannula that gives her air but her lungs are working on their own, without ventilator support. She'll continue to be monitored over the day to ensure that she's jiving with breathing off the vent. If not, she will be re-intubated. Right now though she is sucking on a pacifier - a first - and BREATHING!
Watching my child being asked to breathe after her ventilator tube was pulled was not an experience I care to repeat. I only realized after it was over, that I had held my own breath praying that she would find hers. And now that she has, I pray that she continues to work hard. She seems to have a laid back attitude which is actually a good thing for keeping calm throughout this process, as it promotes well-balanced blood flow to her lungs and body.
This was a HUGE STRIDE in the right direction and although we aren't "out of the woods" yet, she is making baby steps, as well as her own baby breaths in the right direction. We pray for the rest of today (and many days to come) to be blessed with deep breaths and of course, LOUD CRIES!