We were relieved to hear back from the lab today that the fluid around the heart was not the bad kind so there’s no need for a surgery to correct this. Hopefully just a bit more time on the drain will do the trick. This is a drain they don’t want to keep in too long so we’re praying it will do it’s work. I believe we wrote last week about the interruption in Rudy’s thyroid function. Dr. Reemtsen feels like these kinds of things could be a result of that as the body and its systems just aren’t as vigorous.
In case you’re concerned, Rudy has not been a couch potato this weekend. He’s out there getting lots of exercise. Today, it’s been three 90-minute sprints off the ventilator and he’s done beautifully–in fact, he was asleep for two of them (show off!). Tomorrow they’re going to go for two hours at a time. Go, Rudy, Go!
After being away from him for a few days, I’ve noticed a few changes. His face does look fuller and when he’s awake, he’s very, very alert. Please pray this trend would continue. While anything can change, at this rate we might be looking at extubating him from the ventilator on Monday or Tuesday.
I had a good few days in Santa Barbara, being with the kids and seeing those I could around the mission. I got to see Max score a touchdown at his flag football game, listen to Wilson drum, and take Livy back and forth to school. Yesterday we went out for a bike ride on Ellwood Mesa at sunset and it was INCREDIBLE. One of those clear evenings where you can see out to the islands over a still ocean. I think I’d enjoy it on just about any day, but given the hospital cocoon we’ve been living in for the last three weeks, it struck me as even more beautiful. Today, Livy and I made the drive down to LA as the boys were looking forward to playing at friends houses and were glad not to have to make the round trip. Trish will probably take Livy back tomorrow and spend a day or two at home herself (kids–if you’re reading this–clean your rooms!!!)
Hope you’re having a good weekend!