Rudy had a strong day today. His numbers held well and we heard few alarms. One therapy that seems to be working well is the prescription of T3 for his thyroid deficiency. You might recall that his thyroid function shut down a few weeks back, which would impact his overall vitality. Having tried some other approaches yesterday they started T3 dosages which, along with the other medications, seem to be slowing the chest drainage. Yesterday we had 120cc over 12 hours. Today we have 90cc during the same period. When I left on Monday it was somethingin the range of 240cc, so we have made clear progress. Dr. Reemtsen has Rudy in the surgery queue for Monday, but we are praying the trend will continue so that we can cancel this one as well.
In the meantime, we have made progress on sprints off the ventilator. Yesterday and today, he cruised through two one-hour sprints each day, so thanks for your prayers and please pray that this trend will continue. Nurses Filma and Denise got a bit carried away doting on Rudy today and ended up putting him in a “snuggle-up” and propping him way up so he could look around. At first he seemed a bit dizzy, but it grew on him. Now he looks regal; propped up a bit in a bit of a throne.
It’s 7:15 and Trish and I are going to drive up to SB tonight (yes, I wasn’t joking–our anniversary reservation is at Chick-Fil-A in Oxnard). It will be fun to all be at home for the first time in a month. We’re looking forward to a quick visit tomorrow from Trish’s mom. In light of Grandpa’s radiation starting this week, we’re glad Grandma Jo can steal away for a couple of days to meet Rudy.