7:00pm Wed eve.
The respiration tubes were removed from Summer’s throat around 5pm, so she only had them for about 7 hours, which was good. There were indications that she was breathing better on her on own than with the tubes. She is having difficulty getting comfortable, but otherwise she is doing as well as expected. She has pain medication and she’s talking a bit, although she warned she might fall asleep in mid sentence. It is always good, please note, to have someone with you in an ICU. The smallest changes or requests or needs can take long long minutes to be met. Someone will be with her all night tonight (Mom probably), and tomorrow she will practice sitting up, possibly standing and walking a few steps. She will also begin working with the spirometer to keep her lungs strong and inflated.