The nurses just escorted us out of Mary Alice's (my mom's) room for the shift change. We are not allowed to be in the ICU room with her from 7-8:30 a.m. or p.m. Since this afternoon she has started to wake up and can nod her head yes and no, but cannot talk due to the breathing tube. She is VERY ready to have the tube taken out (extubated). She is awake and able to communicate by nodding yes and no + now that she has her eyes opened, she is also communicating through her eyes. She is still in a lot of pain, but doing very well all things considered. We are hopeful that she will be extubated tonight.
By the way - to all of the Conley and O'Grady families praying for my mom and following how she is doing, she wants you all to know that the surgeon confirmed this is definitely a congenital condition, so PLEASE have a cardiologist (with a trained ear) listen to your heart/get yourself checked out!!! Aside from her aortic valve the surgeon said that her heart is very healthy.