As Trish posted earlier today, Rudy settled down nicely today and has spent most of the day sleeping peacefully. After the commotion yesterday with alarms going off every ten minutes for breathing, blood pressure, O2 and CO2 levels, today has been very calm and quiet. While he is being treated for infection, there are fewer indicators that this is a major issue. There are so many factors playing into his condition that isolating one cause is usually unrealistic, but one of the key items might have been decreasing a steroid medication too quickly. Now that it’s been restarted along with some other adjustments to his medication, he’s got all the numbers in the right ranges–in a deep sleep no less which means he doesn’t have to work at it.
Again, conversations with the doctors–Andy, Abel, Brian, and Ryan–have been very assuring and we were especlally encouraged by Gary Satou stopping by for a sit-down check in just to see how we were doing. One of our nurses from last week, Denise, stopped by for a comforting chat on her break and ended up cleaning Rudy’s mouth since she couldn’t stand all the gunk from the tape on his lips. He immediately gnawed on the sponge she was using so I think he’s hankering for some chow–enough with these intravenous feeds. Right now peaceful sleep is a good thing (and we hope to get some of our own tonight) as it’s helping him summon strength. There are some decisions to be made about how to proceed with the ventilator, but we’ll see what tomorrow brings.