Extubation

It’s interesting all the new words you learn after hanging around a hospital a while.  The big word of the day is extubation.

Extubation: The process of removing a tube from a hollow organ or passageway, often from the airway. The opposite of extubation is intubation.

The reason it’s the word of the day is that’s what they plan to do to Douglas very soon!  For the first time since he was about five minutes old, he will be breathing completely on his own.

The great things about being exubated are that he’s only about a day away from being released from the ICU once he’s breathing on his own.  Also, we will get to hold him today.  We’ve all been waiting eagerly for the opportunity to hold him, which we haven’t been able to do since early Friday, before his arterial switch procedure.  Also, he’ll finally get to cry.

I feel bad for my sister, Annell, who came down for the weekend.  She arrived on Saturday, the day after we last were able to hold him, and she had to leave last night, the evening before we were able to hold him again.  At least she’ll be able to hold him next time.

In all respects, Douglas is doing great.  He’s breathing well on his own initiation (though still through a tube for the next hour or so).  His medicines have been reduced significantly.  His chest tubes are out.  He’s getting lots of breast milk through a feeding tube, and he’s doing well getting rid of it naturally.

And everyone says he’s cute.

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About Lance Finney

Father of two boys, Java developer, Ethical Humanist, and world traveler (when I can sneak it in). Contributor to Grounded Parents.
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