Bonnie totally rocked her low flow trial last night with good blood gases and overall good behavior the whole time. Thank you all for your overnight prayers! She then proceeded to do well with her clamp off trial, so mid-afternoon today, she was taken off ECMO. We're *thrilled* that after 20 days on the most complicated piece of medical equipment known to man, she was able to come off and will hopefully have her hernia repair surgery on Monday.
Her initial blood gases off ECMO weren't stellar, but we're hoping they'll stabilize quickly after she gets more settled following her decannulation. (In theory there's no reason why they shouldn't be as good following her decannulation as they were when she was completely clamped off ECMO.) Please continue to pray for our baby girl and her lungs, that they would continue to stay clear and open (the right one anyway...jury's still kind of out on the left one). Also please pray that her blood gases will improve enough that she can stay on the conventional ventilator and not have to go on the oscillator or the jet ventilator.
Bonnie still has a long way to go before we can bring her home, but getting off ECMO was a *major* hurdle that we're happy to have behind us. Thank you all so much for your continued prayers for Bonnie. I'll try to post some pictures later tonight!