Wednesday has been like a children's roller coaster at the National Peanut Festival. I can’t explain it, you just have to go and ride one.
Bentley was extubated around 10am this morning. She went straight to BIPAP this time (this entails wearing a nasal mask sort of like your dad’s CPAP machine, but not). She really did well for a couple of hours. She was sitting up and tolerating everything pretty well. Around noon she decided to scare us a bit and keep us on the edge of our seat for the rest of the day. She does have some energy back and is wanting to fight us each time she is suctioned. Unfortunately, her inability to clear secretions is causing some problems for her today. As a result, she is receiving rigorous respiratory therapy treatments, among other things. This afternoon we flipped her to her stomach to see if that will help get some of the secretions out (this is how we do chest percussions at home). It seems to be working pretty well. Bentley's oxygenation and respiratory efforts are improving and she has passed the re-intubation milestone we had projected for 5pm. She is still not out of the weeds, but she has maintained almost 5 hours longer than I thought she would.
How many more will she give us....?