“Look at Me, I’m Ventilator Free!”

As of 12pm yesterday (9-17-10) Avery Rose has been ventilator free!   That’s almost 19 hours as of this post!   Although the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) that they have to put her on as her next step forward looks like quite a contraption, it is made of lightweight foam and we’re sure is much more comfortable than the breathing tube.

Breathing comfortably off the vent on 9-17-10

So far, she is rockin’ on the CPAP and her blood gases and overall happiness level have actually been better since removed from the ventilator.  Last night she tolerated all of her “hands-on” activities from her super nurse, Michelle, with flying colors.    We are beaming with joy as we witness our “tiny warrior” perform yet another one of her miraculous feats.

Today (9-18) is Quin and I’s wedding anniversary, so this is a wonderful anniversary present.  She’s already such a thoughtful girl.

Please continue to pray for Avery’s strength and lung development as she continues to tackle this amazing next step on her long journey home.   As her Uncle Joaquin would say, she’s operating “full gusto” and demonstrating “no slack!”

Happy Anniversary Quin - You are such a blessed gift and a truly wonderful husband. I love you!

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15 Responses to “Look at Me, I’m Ventilator Free!”

  1. Angel Roggenkamp says:

    Congrats to all of you. Avery for fighting long, strong and hard. And to Quintin and Robin for another blessed year in marriage, Love you all

  2. Happy Anniversary! Congratulations Baby Avery. You are a champ!

  3. Susan Mcmurray says:

    Happy Anniversary, my friends!

    Avery, what terrific news! You look great sporting your new CPAP. What an amazing little miracle you are! Keep up the good work.

    Love from CA.

  4. Tracy (Craig) Ronan says:

    I am so happy for you and your tiny warrior! She is a beautiful little girl. Happy Anniversary and continued prayers for you and your family 🙂

  5. Jen Klima says:

    YAY… SUCH great news!!! I just got your text from last night … I am so glad to hear Avery continued on without the ventilator!! I loved hearing that levels improved since removing the ventilator… GO AVERY!!! What a special, miraculous, sweet little girl. Continued love and prayers….

    And a very Happy Anniversary to you and Quin!! I hope you guys are able to celebrate your marriage (and Avery’s continued progress) today.

  6. Carolyn and Gerry McMurray says:

    I am crying with joy! What a miracle of God’s mercy. What a wonderful anniversary gift for you!

  7. Gene Roggenkamp says:

    Happy Anniversary, Kids. You are learning more about love through your journey with Avery than most learn over 30 years. Stay strong. Live well. Love always. – Mom

  8. Lily says:

    How wonderful!
    We are soooo happy to hear about the CPAP… we noticed that last night but were not sure about the progress: Praise God for the answered prayer! More blessings are on the way!
    Happy wedding anniversary !
    From Kalela, Lily n Ezra.

  9. joaquin and sarah says:

    We are so happy! No slack, tiny warrior! You are the heat!

  10. Nicole Malachowski says:

    Happy Anniversary! Isn’t it amazing how your love for eachother has grown…all because of this Tiny Warrior? You two are fantastic parents…Avery is so very lucky. And, wow, off the ventilator. Wonderful news 🙂 She is on a roll now….look out world!

  11. Susan Lennon says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both! and so happy to hear the news of Avery Rose coming off the vent! WOO HOO!!!!
    Hugs from Maine

  12. Shirley says:

    Happy Anniversary. Avery is such a beautiful little girl and I am so glad that she has the spunk and fighting spirit that she genetically deserves.

    Many prayers coming your way each day.

  13. Erin and Steven Shillingburg says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    Avery is such a little fighter! im praying that she keeps this up!

  14. Martha martinez says:

    Wow! That is such a huge hurdle!! She’s on her way!! I’m sure her sister is by her side routing her on!!

  15. Ria Waugh says:

    Just getting back form vacation so am catching up on all the good news and progress. Hope you had a wonderful anniversary and took some time out for yourselves! Love, Ria

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