Today was a great day. Asher’s last chest tube was removed this morning. Typically kids scream and cry when you pull them but Asher crossed his eyes, and said “Woah, that feels better already”! The team removing it was shocked. He is an amazing patient, and we have had AMAZING nurses, doctors, and medical team. They have loved having Asher as a patient as well. He was chatting with his sweet nurse today and telling her about cars he likes, and asking her about her new vacuum!!! How cute is that! He then was able to have his arterial line and central line removed as his blood pressures have been stable for over 24 hours, and he is taking all of his medication orally. He got out of bed and brushed his teeth, went for a walk down the hall, was transferred to the step down unit, and has been up and out of bed multiple times already, ALL BY HIMSELF. He wanted to sit in a chair to eat, and went for another walk around the step down unit. We need his x-rays to stay clear enough (they’re never fully clear soon after this type of surgery), him to be able to eat a little more, and to maintain stable blood pressures, and get rid of more extra fluid. He is in very good spirits this evening. He asked one of the doctors if he would be able to be home for his sisters birthday on Thursday, and they thought it was VERY likely and probably even sooner! He is focused on the end goal…HOME!