Although we aren't completely out of the woods yet a much awaited day finally came...Brooke was extubated today-no more breathing tube!!! The doctors said she handled it really well and smiled almost immediately after it was removed.
I couldn't wait 5 seconds after walking in the room until I had to hold her...I missed her hugs and feeling her breath on me-it was bittersweet though because as good as it felt I couldn't hold her long because she was absolutely exhausted. It also made me realize how much strength she lost during these past three weeks. It was hard for her to hold up her head and even though she wanted to reach out to us we could tell it was very labored for her...she will bounce back in no time-I know she will!
They have her on a nasal cannula now to assist her with the transition. I am soo proud of the fight she has inside her!
See these pictures larger on the page titled Looking Back.