Intubation tube removed ~ check
Catheter removed ~ check
Chest drainage tubes removed ~ check
Arterial IV line removed ~ check
IV line (left arm) removed ~ check
Every nasty drug know to man by mouth ~ check
Blood drawn from right foot ~ check
Blood draw from left foot (failed) ~ check
Blood draw from right arm ~ check
Nasal canula disconnected ~ check
Oxygen SAT level of 75 or higher ~ check!
All done with a smile from Rachel and even some laughter~ check!!!!
Going HOME to stay ~ praying for Monday! (update: it looks like Tuesday morning will be the big occasion! - exactly one week!)
While doing flashcards with Rachel today, in order to help her learn the names of very common objects, I came to the word "house" with the picture of a little cottage looking home below... Rachel smiled big as if to say..."I've got this one!"... "Go home!!!"
To a little girl that has never known the love of "home"... that fairy tale cottage on a card said so much more than a house... it meant "home", and that's where she is going! HOME!!! Hoping all goes as planned and we are reunited as a family with our precious Rachel sometime tomorrow (Monday) afternoon!
Rachel's surgeon, Dr Bleiweis, said that her recovery from surgery is "astounding!" Rachel is astounding! But even more astounding is the God who formed her little heart... has preserved it for this day... and has the all-sufficient grace to bring her hope and to BRING HER HOME!!!
Daddy's back to take me HOME!
"Butterfly, Butterfly, Eskimo... a kiss and a hug before Daddy goes!"
Have carriage for Bunny and Baby ~