Yeah! Whitney's breathing tube was removed at 3p.m. this afternoon. She did not appreciate them messing with her and the actual removal, but they immediately put her on vapotherm (it is oxygen through a nasal cannula (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasal_cannula) with moisture to help keep from drying out her nasal passages) and she is breathing on her own!!! (with a little help from the oxygen/vapotherm) She is having some problems still with acid reflux, but you can tell that she is VERY HAPPY to have the breathing tube OUT!!!
I am in a waiting room on the heart center floor right now... I just wanted to send everyone the good news, one more tube removed = one step closer to a healthy Whitney!!!
Thank you for all of the good thoughts and all of the prayers, they are working!!!