Two Weeks and Counting…

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.

9 thoughts on “Two Weeks and Counting…

  1. I am glad that Rudy has a nice aquarium to look at now. He had his time to look at the chest drain box (with the famous bears) and now it’s time for a change of scenery. Maybe Trish can sing “Part of Your World” to him (Ariel’s song). I will pray that God encourages you while you wait for Rudy’s body to heal. P.S. Trish, you do NOT look like a grandmother! XOXOXO

  2. To Rudy’s Parents,

    I am sure this is no surprise to you but please know that you are Rudy’s parent’s because God knows you two were the best for the job. Rejoice with the other parents but you guys are very busy dealing with the life God has called you to because no one else would do. You have a mountain of believers praying for you and I will pray extra hard now for your strength and peace. I pray that you literally hear His assurance. That is the desire of my heart for you and He said I can pray for the desire of my heart. Today I will be in Conversation to the King all day for Rudy’s parents!

    Just one of many,


  3. I am glad to see that he is holding on tight – prayers are still flowing, and I pray that his kidney function gets fully functional soon !
    May God restore his health so he can praise Him back !
    Faith Groves
    Friend of Teresa Geyling

  4. I love the pictures! How cool that he got a toy and that he’s grooving to it. Rolf a student? Trish a Grandmother? What, was Mr. Magoo walking down the hallway or what? Trish you’re a “hot mama”, don’t let someone who was obviously on a lot of “meds” tell you any different. I miss you guys and are praying for you all.
    Love, Kelly

  5. Trish-

    I keep you and the family in my prayers each day. Love reading about Rudy !! He is a lucky, little guy to have all of you. I pray for your strength and that God continues to guide your family along this journey.

    Love to Wilson, Max and Olivia.

    “Mrs. M”

  6. No “grandmother” looks that hot at the beach in her black maternity blouse (Pic at the front of blog)
    At the risk of sounding trite, Rudy is so adorable…but he just rocks my world everytime I see his little face and peaceful expression!! But I can’t wait to hear when he finally can let out a good cry!

  7. Happy Birthday, little Rudy! These past two weeks have been pretty tough on you, but you’re working hard and being a model patient. Keep up the great work, little guy. How we pray for you…that you will be stronger each day, and soon be off all of that machinery and able to go home to play with Wilson, Max and Olivia!

    Tell your Mom and Dad that they are constantly in our prayers too. Love and blessings to all of you!

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