Well, here we are on the eve of yet another holiday. Olivia called earlier to ask me where we keep balloons! It sounds like quite a New Year’s Eve celebration is being prepped at home in Santa Barbara. Rudy and I are gearing up for a big bash here in the CTICU. I walked to the drugstore yesterday to stock up on some yummy snack foods to share as we await the countdown to the new year tonight. It has been a full day today with a handful of patients in our unit either being discharged or sent to the floor so we’re down to 3 patients again…(the other two are different from the other two of last week). The CTICU sure has been in a flurry of activity this past week with what feels like a revolving door of patients in and out…and then there is Rudy who has very quietly sat back and made his slow but somewhat measurable progress.
Today was much like yesterday…he spiked a fever in the morning and battled a fluctuating blood pressure but by afternoon, his fever broke and his numbers were back where they should be. Today’s chest x-ray detected a small amount of fluid outside the left lung but still not enough to make a concrete decision about the pleurodesis at this point. His red blood cell count was down so he needed another blood transfusion and one of his picc lines needed to be replaced. I enjoyed helping Nurse Jenny give Rudy a bath. He now has a fresh gown and fresh linens…it’s a good thing, too, because Rudy is going to have a long line of nurses wanting their first kiss of the new year to be with him! Dr. Mary, though, has already reserved her kiss to be the very first at the stroke of midnight!
It’s so hard to look much past tomorrow…hard to imagine what 2009 will bring but one thing is for sure – Rudy’s first New Year celebration will be filled with lots of love, an ever-growing fan club, and a never-ceasing hope for a future nestled in the hands of God…a comforting reality in the midst of all the uncertainty.