As of around 11 this morning, Magnus is no longer in intensive care for the first time in his life!
Since he no longer had his chest tubes, they decided to transfer him to the step-down unit this morning. Things are happening fast. They've been increasing his feeding rate every three hours, and the plan is still to try a bottle on him tomorrow. They told us that most kids who have this surgery do go home with an NG tube, but I am holding out hope that he might be able to feed well enough without one.
Magnus was also supposed to be switched from his high-flow nasal cannula (that blows air in his nose to help him breathe) to a low-flow cannula, but while we were waiting for the respiratory therapist to make the switch, he decided to just pull out his cannula on his own, and did fine with it, so he's just breathing room air now.
He's also getting transitioned off all of his IV meds and onto oral medications. They're hoping to have that all done by tomorrow, and then the only line he'll have left will be his NG tube.
And with all of this happening, they're even starting to talk about when he might go home. Someone said to us that maybe Wednesday might be the day, which would be kind of funny because that's his original due date, December 9th. We're thrilled that it looks like he'll be home soon, but of course it's also a bit daunting...not the least because this means we have to figure out how to install his carseat!
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