It’s so hard to believe that Rudy is two weeks old today! The days have blurred together since we’ve been here and it’s amazing how fast time passes. At week two, we find ourselves continuing to wait…to wait for Rudy’s kidneys to kick in, to wait for the ventilator to be taken out, to wait for all the numbers to be where they need to be. They tried taking Rudy off the ventilator yesterday and he lasted about 10 minutes. It was concerning to us but the doctors said it is pretty normal to make short attempts like that to exercise the lungs and make gradual steps toward getting him off completely. It’s getting a little hard for me to watch the patients on either side of us come and go and not get discouraged but we keep reminding ourselves that this isn’t a race and Rudy is doing well for his situation.
Rudy received his first toy this week…a gift from the Child Life Office here at the hospital. He’s now the proud owner of a musical aquarium that we fastened to his monitor rig. It bubbles as the little fish sway back and forth to classical tunes. It’s actually quite soothing and I find myself getting lulled to sleep in the late afternoon right along with Rudy! Ha Ha He likes it alot…he was quite alert the day he got it and when we turned it on for the first time he began to kick and move his hands around and his eyes were fixated on it! It was so fun to see him react to it!!! So now his view is a little less sterile and a bit more fun.
Rolf and I are doing well although I’m a bit steamed because he got mistaken for a UCLA student yesterday when we walked down to the Student Union to run a couple of errands and on Sunday I got mistaken for Max’s grandmother!!!!!! NO FAIR!!! I know I’m looking a bit haggered these days but come on…not to mention Rolf has alot more gray hair than me!!!! Anyway, my ego has taken a hit but my postpartum body is bouncing back quickly. 🙂
Please continue to pray for steady progress and for our patience with Rudy’s timeline. His kidney function is holding steady, but will take time to get where it needs to. As he’s taking breast milk well through his feeding tube, the next milestone will be to get off the ventilator and have the breathing tube removed.