I visited Veronica today prior to coming to work my 3pm shift. She was resting comfortably on her belly. The nurse reported that she was doing well. She is being weaned off the ventilator and will likely be extubated by the end of the day. She will then go back to CPAP, which is used to deliver constant air pressure into the nose. It is less invasive than the ventilator and is much gentler on the lungs. This is a good thing, but I do worry that she will have to work harder to breath. The nurses and doctors will watch her closely to monitor her oxygen level and adjust the CPAP settings - but I just want her to be as comfortable as possible. I am all about working hard to get results, but its hard to apply this concept to such a small baby. Why should she have to work hard at anything at this point in her young life? Ok, ok, ok - enough feeling sorry for myself. We are so grateful Veronica is doing as well as she is and proud of what a fighter she continues to be.
Here is a picture from yesterday. I know it's not the best in terms of quality, but isn't she one of the cutest babies you have ever seen? Just look at her little hands.....precious!