And for all of you who waited in suspense.....
He did it!!!! Samuel came off the ventilator at 10 am this morning and has been breathing on his own ever since. What an answer to prayer! We are so excited!!!! Samuel has taken quite nicely to his new freedom. He's practically doing push ups in the bed.....crawling all over the place....and begging me to put him in my pocket and take him home. :)
The nurses have been watching and will continue to watch to see if Samuel is having to work too hard to breathe. They will also watch his vitals for signs of wearing out....it's a lot of work to breathe! This evening when I checked on him last, he was beginning to show a few signs of fatigue. Hopefully this is just a transition stage for him and that once he gets adjusted to being on his own, he will be fine. If not, he will have to go back on the ventilator for a while until he can get stronger. We are prepared for that outcome but still praying for his strength!!! I'm so proud that he has made it through an entire day by himself!!!
The nurse practitioner decided to leave in the last iv line for a few more days. They also decided not to increase his feeds today since they had plans for extubation. His morphine was decreased once again. The chest x-ray looked even better.
I'll update again tomorrow sometime with a picture. Keep praying for strength for Samuel's little body. He could also use some rest - so pray for a calming spirit too.
Isn't God so amazing!