I made my 24 hrs off the vent machine breathing by myself (with oxygen). Hurray!!!!!!!! This is a huge step. I, and piles of Ativan, made it through the night! I did need one super suctioning which one of the drs was not a huge fan of but I didn't panic and stayed off the machine. The machine is now officially out of my room! I may be out of ICU by Christmas after all!!
Another plus, the sun has come out for a moment on me now that I have a room with windows and the nurse has given me a cup of orange juice to swab in my mouth. This is a milestone to enjoy.