(This is Rick, Nate's dad posting for him at his request while he goes to visit Gwyneth.)
Today is crucial for Tricia as they gradually wake her up from her sedation. At the same time they are reducing the amount that the ventilator is breathing for her, hoping for her body to resume the breathing. When she wakes her natural tendency will be to fight against the vent, which we hope will not happen, but to work with the vent.
The nurses have encouraged Nathan to talk to Tricia, even while she is unconscious. What's been interesting is how as he speaks her heart rate drops, indicating hearing his voice calms her.
As he was stroking her hair and speaking he noticed her lips move. Then she turned her head his direction and opened her eyes to look at him briefly. He told her who he was and that Gwyneth was doing fine. That brought a smile to her face.
As Nathan came out to share it with us (Gail, Don, Agnes, Janet and Megan) he broke down saying "She opened her eyes and looked at me". Can you imagine the last couple of days, not knowing if you would ever see your loved one look at you again? The relief he was feeling (and all of us - everyone of us had tears) was huge.
So today is starting out great! They'll continue to wake her up and make the transition from ventilator to Tricia doing the breathing as she allows. Her O2 and CO2 levels remain the same.
Your prayers and love shown to all of us has been incredible. Tricia still has a huge mountain to climb, not only immediately from the C section and the complications that come with CF, but our prayer is that she will recover quickly and prepare for the double lung transplant.
I'm sure Nate will come back here soon and share from his perspective.