The day got off on the right foot when Josie was greeted by her dad! Call it coincidence but Josie showed encouraging improvement throughout the afternoon.
Hey Dad - I missed you!
She was very cooperative during her breathing treatments and even decided to help the respiratory therapist.
Here, let me give you a hand with that.
Ok, I got it from here. Why don't you go ahead and take the rest of the day off...
As usual, Josie isn't hurting for attention. We returned from lunch to find her being cuddled by Katie, the nursing student. Apparently baby spoiling is an important part of the nursing school curriculum and it requires many hours of practice. Katie just couldn't resist this bundle of cuteness!
No pictures, please!
Josie's breathing is a lot less labored and the stridor sound has reduced significantly. As I type this, her Daddy is holding her and her oxygen saturation is 100 (A+ girlfriend)! I'm sure the saturation perfection is aided by the fact that he's singing "Josie's milkshake brings all the babies to the yard..."
The medical staff is slowly attempting to wean her off the cannula. We were told that she could return home when her breathing returns to "baseline" (ie no oxygen, no stridor sounds, no retractions). Her diagnosis is an undisclosed respiratory virus (the physician did not want to commit to "croup") and it appears to be passing.
Josie would like to personally thank all of our Confessions of the Chromosomally Enhanced friends for their support, encouragement and prayers.
Thanks everybody! You are the best!