As Rolf posted earlier, the attempt at the lymphangiogram was aborted after several attempts to find a vessel big enough…Nurse Jenny described how the doctor and his tech were working with vessels just a tad bit bigger than a strand of hair!!! Amazing… It’s disappointing but not just for us…everyone involved in getting this set up is disappointed and there is comfort in knowing we’re not alone. Rudy has rested comfortably since his return to the room, opening his eyes for a little bit and then falling back into a deep sleep. We’ll hunker-down again and wait for the Pleurodesis to take place on Thursday…Rudy has the #2 slot on the list for that day. Dr. Brian will conduct the procedure through an incision on Rudy’s side…essentially going in and “roughing up” the lung and chest wall so the two will fuse together eliminating the pleural cavity. If it does succeed at getting rid of this fluid then the process of weaning Rudy from the vent could begin next week. If it doesn’t work then we’ll have to go back to waiting for the fluid to stop on it’s own. Dr. Brian described the pleurodesis as the last surgical “ditch effort” in addressing this issue. The risks involved in the procedure itself are minimal…the threat of another disappointment – pretty high BUT, no matter what happens, I’m commited to getting up again, readjusting expectations again and moving forward even if it’s ever-so-slowly! I’m starting to feel a bit like Scarlett O’Hara no matter the disappointments…”afterall, tomorrow is another day”.
On a sweet note, Rudy has gotten alot of special attention today, especially now that he is sporting a brand new hospital gown made ,with love, by Oma. I think Oma has tapped into a new, unexplored market! His little gown is complete with special velcro closures all over to accomodate his lines and tubes – so precious!
Your steadfastness in praying is an amazing blessing…thank you for your diligence and faith! I am humbled by the sacrifices made by so many on Rudy’s behalf. Thank you dear friends!!!!!!!