If you had asked me in the beginning of this illness that we would STILL be in the PICU - I would have told you that you were CRAZY! I had no idea how long it has been until rounds this morning with the doctor and team. Someone mentioned that this was Ben's 17th hospital day and most of us in the room gasped in surprise. Has it really been that long? And 17 days is THIS hospital stay. The last one was 26 days long. We still have a couple more days here. Ben has been weaned down to minimal settings and right now they have him completely on C-PAP, still on the vent, but it's just C-PAP. That's a good move towards getting off the vent. They will put him back on Pressure Support tonight and then tomorrow at 6am they will take away the pressure support, leaving him on C-PAP again. Hopefully by rounds (around 10am) they'll put him on trach collar. It he does well on his trach collar for 24 hours, we'll be able to leave. He's off all of his antibiotics as of Monday and he looks more like the healthy Ben. Stevie is with us for the remainder of our stay since this is her vacation week. It will feel SO good to be back together again this coming weekend. We can't WAIT!