Thanks to our friend Susie, our kids learned long ago the old Krehbiel trick of using the word “vacuums” in place of the word “sucks” when expressing displeasure about something. It can make for an awkward moment as it did the day we drove the family around Santa Barbara for the first time when Rolf was considering the job at the Rescue Mission. As we drove around the downtown streets, we asked the kids what they thought of the place and Wilson replied with a foggy stare, “Santa Barbara Vacuums”. I jumped on him pretty hard emabarrassed by his disrespect when he said “No, look Mommy, it’s that shop over there”. Ah, he got me!
Well, if you excuse the expression, last night vacuumed! The day started out much like Tuesday with Rudy doped up and asleep most of the day. Greg, Macey’s Daddy, came by for a visit laden with his camera gear to take cool pics of Rudy and I took a long walk around campus on what turned out to be a hot November day in So Cal. Things, though, in the late afternoon took a turn for the worse but not with Rudy…this time it was with me. I was discouraged by the end of the day as the fluid draining from Rudy’s chest tube INCREASED significantly rather than decreased after Monday’s surgical procedure to ligate the duct. More than 120 ccs drained in a 12 hour period which was more than double what it was before the surgery. In addition, the team wasn’t sure what kind of fluid it was…there seemed to be uncertainty and concern which sent my head spinning. By dinner time, I was feeling sick and dehydrated. Long story short, I ended up in the ER around 10pm with the help of my friend Kathy, headed back to Rudy’s room exhausted at 4am and slept through the shift change this morning until about 8:30am! I hit a wall as did Rolf who was laid out at home with his recurring back pain while on the phone with Kathy getting the update on me! The whole crazy night was just a reminder that this is stressful and can manifest itself physically. So, my plan is to go home today and rest with the family for a couple of days.
The good news is today is a new day. I woke up tired but better and Rudy’s output does seem to be decreasing (although we really need to wait 24 hours to compare). He remains on full support on the vent and they will start the sprints up again next week along with some feeds of special formula to his gut. For now, though, the plan is to let him rest over the weekend. He has his big jowls again which make him look like a grumpy old man but, frankly, I wouldn’t blame him if he was a bit grumpy! J
God’s fingerprints have been all over this journey and I’m blessed by them even more in the midst of the challenges… thank you for continuing to be a vital part of God’s provision of grace during this time. Love to you…from a sleepy CTICU.