As of Friday morning at 10:00, Jacob has been breathing without a ventilator! What an exciting moment for us to witness. What a blessing to be a part of a miracle. Truly, God has smiled on us and been gracious to us!
Jacob has never been as responsible for his life as he will be from this point on. His diapragm has to contract more and his muscles have to lift his chest more. He has to work harder than he has ever had to work before. This is a BIG hump/hurdle on this journey with Jacob. He still has some support through a nasal canula from a machine called Vapotherm. It provides oxygen and pressure so that when Jacob takes breaths, it keeps his lungs inflated and gives them the support they still need. But, if we can make it through the next few days, then we have made great progress.
Here are some pictures for you to enjoy!
Jeff with Jacob before they take out the tube.
Jacob, after taking out the big breathing tube.
He still has a tape mustache from the feeding tubes, the yellow and orange tubes, but his throat is finally FREE!
Removing the ventilator...yay!
Jacob on his tummy. They say it's easier on the muscles that help him breathe because it gives him some support. The big white pad on his arm is also gone now and his left arm is free too.