Dr. Musa just had a very good conversation with us about Zoe. She said there IS infection in Zoe's trachea that will be treated with antibiotics.
Dr. Musa said that they will move slower because removing her from the tube was tenuous before. That might be because of infection, or her breathing, or both.
We wanted to establish that Zoe didn't have feeding problems before, and pretty limited breathing issues. We keep hearing people saying that Zoe had those issues as persistent or pre-surgery.
Dr. Musa said that while Zoe ate before, she didn't eat enough, evidenced by her small size. Given her size and age, she would be classified as someone who isn't eating well.
It's a good point, but it means that ignorance is our fault. We should have known our physician was giving us bad advice and disobeyed it with the correct tactic - feeding her more calories and more food (directly the opposite of what our pediatrician had advised).
Dr. Musa's point - and I have deep respect for anyone speaking intelligently from their heart - is that a new baseline has been established. Zoe, with a functional heart, with an intubation tube, post-surgery. None of those things have happened before.
And the new baseline might not include bottle feeding. Or breathing without assistance like before. We'll have to find out.