8:00 PM: Doctors downsized her trach which gave Madison her voice back! It's light, raspy, and hers!!! They also removed her cast, so were two significant milestones! Doctors also installed a PIC line for home IV
Next steps: She'll be moved from ICU to a normal room in the next day or two, which is one more step closer to the door... She may be released as early as Wednesday.
On another note: When Madi had surgery here at Kaiser Sunset in 2013 she had great nurses, two in particular stand out in our hearts... Jo and Evelyn. I remember Madi feeling so grubby, caged, and tethered by IVs to a hospital bed in ICU. Both Evelyn and Jo were so kind and we'll never forget them. I remember very fondly a motherly nurse Jo patiently washing and grooming Madison, even washing and brushing her hair. Besides being an excellent nurse, she provided sincere care for her patients.
Madison's nurse today was Jo. Both Madi and I instantly remembered her but Jo looked like she was drawing a blank. Madi had long straight blond hair in 2013. Madi wrote on the dry erase board "show her a pic of me then", which I did. Jo LIT up... she clearly remembers Madi and Madi very fondly, Jo :-)