This is Jamie, a very rare contributor to Hazel's blog but you'll see why I am writing in a minute. The OR was backed up so they didn't take her down until 6 o'clock -- but she just came back up breathing on her own, no breathing tube, and a new feeding tube, and crying a really raspy cry. I am writing because Amanda is in bed cuddling with a very fussy (and now sleeping) Hazel.
She is not out of the woods yet, and she is going to have a long road before she is as good as new, but this will be a really big step for her if she manages to keep from getting reintubated tonight! It is such a relief to be able to hold her in my arms again -- I held her pretty much the entire day Wednesday before her surgery, then they took her away and I have barely been able to touch her since.
Thank you to everyone all over the country and world who have been sending us prayers and positive thoughts -- this isn't exactly a controlled experiment and correlation isn't the same thing as causation, but her improvements are highly correlated with all of her wellwishers. We are grateful for your continued support as Hazel gets ready to take on her next step in this ordeal (not even sure what that is yet, I've been so focused on getting her breathing on her own.)
What a beautiful, shrimpy little cry I am hearing.