Today is Wednesday October 29th and Rudy was born 4 weeks ago. Quite a milestone in our little world that is so centrally focused and limited by the boundaries of the 4 walls around us. Rudy’s condition hasn’t changed much today which is a good thing. When Rolf and I arrived this morning, he was awake and annoyed! It was clear he wasn’t happy but it wasn’t distressing for us because it was also clear that he was alert and aware and had alot of fight in him. His blood pressure was high but all his other numbers were good and by mid-day he had settled down and seemed much more comfortable. The team allowed him continued rest today and didn’t schedule any sprints off the ventilator but they have gradually slowed down the ventilator rate and he is currently getting 12 bpm which is much lower than the 30 bpm he was getting earlier yesterday. At this point, everyone on the medical team is iching to get Rudy off the ventilator and there is risk no matter what course of action is taken…so we are praying for wisdom in that decision and God’s life-sustaining support when the tube is finally removed so the little guy doesn’t have to be re-intubated.
It seems I’m the one who got a gift on Rudy’s one month birthday. This afternoon Rudy’s nurse asked if I could help her change Rudy’s bed sheets. I jumped out of my chair so quick realizing that I haven’t been able to do ANY practical chores for Rudy and I was thrilled. At first the nurse had me scoop him up mattress and all as she replaced a sheet that was positioned underneath his little mattress. But then she very carefully lifted up his body making sure none of his lines were pulled too tight and said “okay, if you could just hold him like this while I pull his mattress out…”! I was taken aback because I didn’t expect I’d get to actually hold him! For the first time, I was able to hold him skin to skin during the time it took the nurse to pull his mattress pad out, replace the soiled sheet with a fresh one and slide it back underneath. Granted, it wasn’t a “hold to your chest and cuddle” kind of moment, but it was exciting just the same!
After the bedding change, the nurse worked hard to reposition Rudy comfortably and ended up propping his leg up on one of his stuffed animals and I laughed because he looked just like Rolf in one of his favorite lounging positions!!! (see picture below)
So, all in all, today was a good day. After sleeping a good bit of the day today, we wish Rudy continued deep sleep and a peaceful night tonight. We wish you a good night’s sleep too! 🙂