I went up on Friday to visit Kelly and Juliana. The latest I had heard was that there was a chance that they would go home next Thursday. When I arrived, Kelly told me that the doctors had said that they might go home this weekend! This was most excellent news!
The news turned out to be accurate. We spent most of the day Sunday waiting to be discharged. We had all the luggage packed up and ready to go and waited... and waited... and waited. We were very much hoping that the doctors wouldn't come back and say "oops, we changed our minds". We did get to leave in the late afternoon. The drive from Nashville to Chattanooga was very smooth.
Juliana is still on oxygen, but only a very little amount. She eats so much faster now. She babbles more and is a lot more active. Her incision is healing very nicely. We had been told to expect three weeks in the hospital - one week in ICU and then two in a room. We are thrilled that she has healed so fast and is leaving the hospital after only nine days. We would like to say "thank you" to all the people who have been praying for her recovery.
It is good to be home. It was good to sleep in our own bed again - Kelly was very sore from sleeping on the bed in the hospital room. It is great to have our little Juliana free from all of her tubes and lines and monitors. It is so good to be able to hold her (albeit very carefully) and have her go to sleep in my arms.