Abby has started doing much better in the last couple of days. She was able to be weaned off the nasal cannula yesterday morning and finally is able to paw freely at her tube-free face! She has developed a new love of chomping on her fingers, and she still needs to work on not scratching up her sweet little nose and cheeks.
She's finally happy being held again, and she's spending more and more time awake and not furious. I still wouldn't say she's happy, and she's still fussier than usual, but it's a huge step in the right direction.
Once we can get her completely off of some of the meds she's on she'll be ready to move back to the step-down unit! After almost a month in the CICU, it will be so nice to get back to our home-base.