Woo-hoo! Charlie unexpectedly hit an important milestone today. When I got to the NICU this morning they said they were going to try to take him off the ventilator and replace it with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device which is attached to his nose. The CPAP helps him breathe but it doesn’t breathe for him, a necessary transition on his long journey towards coming home. With his breathing tube out, his vocal cords are now free to wail away but we still haven’t heard his dulcet tones. After being intubated for so long it’ll take a while to heal. We didn’t know Charlie was anywhere near being extubated so we were thrilled with this news. With all the songs I’ve been singing to him, I’m expecting his first sounds to be Rodgers & Hammerstein.
Forgive these incessant videos. If Mama Rose had access to a digital camera and a blog she’d have posted videos of Baby June’s every move. But I happened to catch Charlie’s last moments of intubation and his first moments off the ventilator and just had to share them with you. Musical accompaniment courtesy of Mr. Israel Iskowitz, also known as Eddie Cantor, the brilliant comedian who co-founded and came up with the name March of Dimes, the very organization that supports the research for Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Thanks, Eddie. And go, Charlie!