I just saw Calin during my lunch "hour" and she had been breathing without ventilator support for 4 hours, which means that she's recovered from the pneumonia at a remarkable pace. She's still got the tubes in place, but has been allowed to breath freely through them and has been breathing slow and easy. While I was there it was 20 breaths per minute, which is a lot nicer than 40-50 she was doing last week. This great success means that they're talking about extubating her this afternoon, which would mean that the initial prognosis of at least 7-14 days was a huge overestimate, and she'll hopefully get to talk again very soon.
So my tenure as substitute blogger seems to be coming to a swift end. While I'm at the helm, however, I'll take this chance to say another thank you to Lexi and Zoe the nurses on duty today, and to Dr. Tai, the awesome lung doc who helped her get on this program, and to Drs. Rockhill and Specht and Becker and Davis and all the rest who provided support during this adventure.
Most of all, however, let me say WAHOO for Calin the overachiever!
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