11:21PM Tia is awake!  She opened her eyes and shook her head to respond when we asked her if she was ready to wake up.  The CVICU staff at Children's Medical Center Dallas was excellent!  Once she was fully awake, they immediately prepared to extubate her (remove the breathing tube).  Of course, she helped by following the directions they gave her and it was a piece of cake!  She really wants some water, but her tummy is not ready to accept anything and it will be very painful for her if she vomits.  So we have to wait four more hours until princess can have a beverage....here's hoping she sleeps for another four hours starting now.  We thank God for getting us through another milestone.
 


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