It has been an amazing 24 hours. She hated having the breathing tube in, and struggled with that all morning. However, about 1:30 they took out the tube, which is amazingly fast. She was really relived and much more comfortable. She really really wants something to drink, but her digestive system is still affected by anesthetic, so she needs to go very slowly. She was able to make some small jokes, and after the tube was out we got some smiles. All of her data show she is doing great; the heart is working fine, and her other systems are strong. In fact, she is a bit of a phenomenon on the ICU; no one can believe she is recovering this fast. Right after they took the breathing tube out of her, a nurse stopped in her tracks, did a double-take, noticed Emily was missing her intubation tube, and asked if Emily really already had it out after less than 24 hours, we responded yes, and the nurse said, "She's a rockstar!"
ALthough recovery is going well, she has a long way to go. Moving hurts, and she needs to keep breathing deeply to keep her lungs working well. They are working on pain management, and being unsedated so early means she is thirsty and hungry and unable to start taking anything. We hope she has a quiet night. Aunt Susie is with her right now, letting us sleep.
Thanks for everyone's support. She really is a superstar, she is working really hard and is one tough kid.