Last night and this morning were challenging. While Rudy seemed peacefully asleep most of the day yesterday, late in the evening and this morning he took on a bit more of a troubling appearance. While his kidneys are functioning and the team feels it is more a matter of time than a cause for alarm, he hasn’t been very alert for awhile and it’s hard to tell whether he’s awake or asleep–his eyes are puffy and he doesn’t open them very far. When he does open them the look seems a bit more pained as opposed to the quiet curiousity they used to have. This morning when I came in and got close he got more animated, the guages picked up and shortly thereafter a small tear formed out the side of his left eye.
His lower torso has a lot of extra fluid and shakes as he hiccups and makes raspy snorts out of his ventilator. Not the most comforting thing to have to sit by and watch. Dr. Reemtsen and Dr. Levi have both already stopped in (on Saturday!?) with the same message. We’re on a plateau, things are progressing, it will just take awhile. They are going to start Rudy on a different diuretic to see if that furthers his progress.
Emotionally, it’s been a bit challenging for us. After the drama of surgery earlier in the week and Rudy’s initial progress, it was easy to get lulled into thinking this was going to be smooth sailing, but today we’re encountering the reality of this process and the challenges of enduring it. Thanks for continuing to pray. We’re excited that the kids will arrive shortly and that Oma and Opa will be able to sit with Rudy for awhile. We do wish that the kids would be able to see the wide open, curious eyes we got to see earlier this week, but we’ll have to play that by ear.