off the vent! Yesterday afternoon, Jules was extubated. She has been doing pretty well with her breathing since then. She is looking like herself again. Her chest tubes are still draining fluid - but it has slowed down a little bit. She has had a few other issues (minor ones in Juliet terms) - her kidney function has been up and down, she's been having some bleeding from her incision, her electrolytes have been back and forth, her pain meds need constant adjustment etc. etc. But it wouldn't be Juliet if she didn't have something to keep everyone busy.
I just got back from a brief visit with her. She was wide awake, so we sat her up for a little exercise. She did much better this time! Chris is visiting her now - I think he is going to hold her. He hasn't held her since October 21st - the morning of her surgery!! He will be on Cloud 9 when he gets home.
I realized I never posted the picture of Juliet actually wearing her Halloween costume. On Halloween night, she was too sick to wear it, so the nurses just layed it on top of her. A few weeks later, when she felt a little better, they actually put her in it. Enjoy!