The doctors believe that Maddie is improving and we are hoping to get her off of the ventilator today. Right now, they have turned down the settings on the ventilator to try to force her to breathe on her own. She is off all of the medications to increase her blood pressure as she is able to regulate that on her own now. We have also stopped much of the sedation in an attempt to get her more aware so that she breathes better and so that she is more ready for us to remove the breathing tube. This means that she is often quite uncomfortable as she realizes she has a tube down her throat, which causes some choking.
We are so thankful that she seems to be through the worst of the septic shock and seems to be successfully fighting the blood infection. We pray for minimal pain and discomfort for her in the time leading up to extubation and that she is able to breathe on her own once the tube is out.
Thanks for your prayers!