Well, today is the day. We have been in DC for 113 days and this part of our journey ends today. We have not been in our home since March 18th.
Brittany woke up early this morning and made one last visit to GWUH. She arrived during shift change and was able to say goodbye to many of the day shift and night shift nurses. She shed a few tears as she walked out of the hospital for the last time. I'm sure she was a little sad, a little excited, and a little scared. Brittany then met Reed and me at Reagan International Airport. Brittany and Reed's flight left at 10:00 AM and they should be back in Montgomery by early afternoon.
Gaines and I will not leave until tonight. Apparently, the transfer team likes to do these transfers at night. The transfer team should arrive at GWUH between 8 and 9 PM. An ambulance will take all of us to an airport where we will board a plane headed to Montgomery. Once the plane lands, another ambulance will take us to Baptist South. We have been told the whole process should take between 6-8 hours so we should be in Montgomery between 2:00 and 4:00 AM tomorrow morning.
Our doctors here at GWUH believe Gaines should be transferred on CPAP. They see no reason to re-intubate him. However, once the transfer team picks Gaines up it is their decision to re-intubate him or not. Basically, the transfer team is responsible for Gaines so they decide what they think is the safest possible transfer for him.
On a side note, someone commented earlier that a friend of theirs was admitted to GWUH just a few days ago with preterm complications and she was only 25 weeks pregnant. When Brittany and I read this comment, we realized there was one thing left that God wanted us to do in DC. Brittany went and visited this stranger. When Brittany was on bed rest, so many people knocked on our door and said "you don't know me, but...". It was if things had come full circle. Brittany knocked on this stranger's hospital room door and said "you don't know me, but...". Brittany gave her our blog address, gave her a quick synopsis of our journey, and encouraged her to stay positive. As she left this stranger's room, she realized it was the exact same room she had been in while on bed rest for almost 6 weeks.
We'll keep everyone updated throughout the next 24 hours. Please say a special prayer tonight around 7 PM Central. This will be about the time Gaines transfer begins. Please pray for a safe and uneventful flight home.