Claire is on a conventional ventilator and is sedated. So far she is very stable, and they have been able to slowly wean down her oxygen (she's down from 100% to 40%). Dr. S, who we met with in March, will be her surgeon. They will continue to monitor her blood gases throughout the weekend, and will make a decision early next week as to when to do her hernia repair surgery.
Her stomach and about half of her intestines are definitely up in her chest, which has caused her left lung to be underdeveloped. Her right lung is close to normal size but is squished by her heart, which is shifted over to the right. They did an echocardiogram on her heart and the blood flow looks good. She had LOTS of visitors today from her aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
I have been stuck at UAB Hospital all day because they are still giving me magnesium via an IV. They are going to discontinue it tonight and tomorrow I will FINALLY be able to go over to Children's and see my Claire bear. In the meantime James has been going back and forth, talking with the doctors and nurses and bringing me updates and lots of pictures.