Samantha's surgery went, according to her surgeon, "as well as it could possibly go". She was actually awake for a bit when they brought her back to the PICU and did not seem to be in too much discomfort. She is resting peacefully now. It is very nice to see her face again (without all of the tape of the breathing tube).
The next week will be spent in the PICU, letting Samantha heal. And, her first trach change will be done by the ENTs. After that we will move to a step-down unit and the training will begin. Val and I are ready to start learning about trach care so we can go home.
Thanks as always for all of the support, kind words, and prayers.
Until next time,