The plan is to extubate (remove the breathing tube) today. The doctors decided to shut off Tom's sedation aggressively to get him to wake up so at this point he is only receiving Fentanyl (a pain med). But, there is still Versed, Propofol, and Precedex in his system so he just needs to metabolize that out of his system and hopefully open his beautiful eyes today. Once he is more awake they will extubate him. At this point he is breathing on his own although his respiratory rate is slow 6-10. The ventilator will provide respiratory support if he needs it before he wakes up. The docs think he is having a tough time waking up because his kidney function still is not great so he is not excreting the meds as quickly as someone else would. Dr. Potter changed his wound dressing today and said his wound continues to look very healthy. Tom is on contact precautions now due to the bacteria that grew from his sputum culture so we get to wear gloves and pretty yellow gowns while visiting ;-0.