Last night the doctor lowered the sedation level for Deb, and she became fully awake and alert and communicated with us by writing questions. This morning they did a spontaneous breathing trial by turning the ventilator off and allowing Deb to breathe on her own. She was able to breathe, but she still has wheezing and bronchial spasms and the doctor says it is too soon to remove the tube today. They will likely do another trial tomorrow.
Andy and I were so happy to see Deb awake and clear. Her first written question was “What Happened?” She understands she is in ICU and has a breathing tube, and she agreed that she still needs the tube to assist her breathing. They will continue to adjust her sedation levels during the day to give her awake time but also to ensure that she continues to get enough rest.
Deb, Andy and I thank you all for your prayers and concern.