Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Whitney is officially off of the ventilator!!!

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!!!

17 comments:

Jen Gribble said...

Great news... progress is definitely good! Still thinking about you all and hoping for a quick recovery for Whitney! Love to you all, Jen

kathy stadler said...

Michael & Laura,
Good and great news about the ventilator being gone.Yeah..
brings a tear to my eyes..just
tears of joy..Yeah.
God bless you. Let me know if I can
do anything 414 1089.
God bless you. Love, Aunt Kathy

Ellen said...

I'm officially stalking your blog. So, so happy to read the latest. Way to go Whitney!

The Jordan Family said...

What wonderful news for Whitney -- and for all of you. Thank you for keeping us posted on her progress.

Hope your day was less eventful than yesterday -- from a car and pill perspective! :) --Ani

Rebecca said...

Excellent progress! Keep up the good work, Whitney!

Anonymous said...

What good news! Whitney and your family are in our thoughts.
The Flaherty's

The Jewell's said...

Glad to hear Whitney is doing better.
All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Cheryl & Jerry Jewell

jenphen said...

Was finally able to get on the internet tonight to check your blog! We are so glad to hear the news about Whitney! She is a superstar!!

Love the dog pill and towing story, as well :)!!!

Love to you all and know that we are praying and thinking of you all! Hope Anne is hanging in there, as well!

Jenni, Luke, Max and Hank

Christy Friedman said...

Yeah!! Baby Whitney is a fighter! So glad to hear she took such a big step! I am also a "Blog stalker" like Ellen! Ha! can't wait for more onward and upward!

Love you all

Jody, Christy, Carter, and Tyler

PS Carter was asking for Anne all day:)

The As said...

Way to go Whitney! So glad she (and you guys after yesterday - YIKES!) are doing well!
-MC

Fostera1 said...

What great news!! We are so happy to hear that she is doing well! I am also a stalker like Ellen! :-)

peg conley said...

Mike,

Chris the tow guy was YOUR Angel for the day!! Loved reading the story...I thought it is a good thing you guys have created this blog...kinda like my journals over the years. You'll love the fact that you've got all this down in print. (basis for a book someday!?!)

Go Whitney...she is a fighter and determined to teach us all!

love aunt peg

Mervis said...

Congratulations! I just checked the blog because I had in my head that her surgery was today, sorry! Sounds like everything is going well, all things considered, including the parking garage nightmare! We'll stay tuned for continued good news of Whitney's progress. Meredith, Mark, Cate & Gus

The Ditto Family said...

What wonderful, uplifting news! I love reading your updates and I'm so happy Whitney is doing well. Marc came to the ICU on Tuesday (since he works at Riley) to visit when he didn't have any patients, but neither of you were there. He said he'll try again soon! Take care.

Kathy said...

Happy Birthday Michael!
Dec. 4 is your special day..
I remember how thrilled we were
when you were born..Grandma's
Very First Grandchild..
We are still thrilled and so
proud of you.
Have a Great Day!
God bless you. Love, Aunt Kathy

Anonymous said...

To the Byron's

I am Pucci's aunt and she had told me about your sweet Whitney. I am so happy she is recovering from her surgery. Tell her from me to Hang in there !!

Stephanie Adams

Anonymous said...

Whitney is so adorable. I can't wait to see her again. I can't imagine how wonderful she feels. I hope that I can see her over Christmas. What a perfect Christmas for the Byron and Greives family! God Bless. Cary