In the Midst of all the Craziness…

blessings abound!  As you can tell from Rolf’s frequent updates, the past couple of days have been emotionally draining and the threat of dialysis today was a real discouragement to me so, I admit, I haven’t felt like following up on Rolf’s “teaser” yesterday but I realize that it’s important for you to hear of the blessings as well as the concerns…

It’s funny how extremely focused I am when I’m at the hospital with Rudy and how very UNfocused I get when I come home.  I’ve kind of been walking in circles around the house today unable to focus on any of the “to dos” and was pleasantly surprised by a friend who took the initiative to come over and take me and Olivia to lunch while the boys were at a friend’s house playing video games…this past week with Rudy was so full with so much to process and I didn’t fully realize the impact until I got home and let down a bit…time with a friend was a warmly welcomed distraction – thanks Lisa!

The good news this evening is that Rudy’s kidney function has picked up.  Rolf has been reporting progress to me regularly.  He’s done at least 3ccs every hour (the target set by Dr. Abel) and did twice that during the 7pm hour.  Some of the lab numbers are elevated but nowhere near the danger levels.  So, thanks for praying and please continue.  The chest tubes have been dry and we want them to stay that way, so that’s encouraging progress.  Hopefully the pee tube will continue to see lots of acti0n overnight so we can truly feel like we’re moving forward.

Yesterday was another one of those surreal days that included drama, anquish, tears of concern, tears of joy AND fun all wrapped into one!  It all started when I returned from breakfast to find nurses Sara and Heather and doctor Andy S. in Rudy’s room mixing a strange concoction at Rudy’s bedside.  When I greeted them with a cheerful “hello”, they all looked up with wide eyes and a collective sigh of disappointment.  Dr. Andy quickly excused himself and the gals started to laugh.  “What’s going on?”, I said.  “Oh, you came back too soon!”, they replied.  I took a closer look and realized the strange concoction was plaster!  They were attempting to get Rudy’s hand and footprint for me as a surprise…come to find out later, nurse Gladys was involved in the plan as well!  I mentioned to nurse Sara a few days earlier that I wished I had had the presence of mind to ask for a foot print of Rudy when he was born.  She remembered and found a kit to do just that when she was out shopping.  I was so touched by their thoughfulness, teared up and then quickly offered to join in and help.  Unfortunately, the plaster project ended up being a bust but just as we were aborting the project, social worker Erin stopped to see what was going on.  When we explained how the plaster wasn’t working to get the prints, she told us to wait just a minute and came back with some molding clay her department uses  for just such a purpose!  With the help of nurse Sara holding the clay and with Erin’s help unclenching Rudy’s little hand, we got the prints!  The prints are precious but I think I cherish more the visual of all these sweet gals working so hard together to fulfill a mom’s random request – thanks Sara, Heather and Erin!

Nurses Sara and Heather!
Nurses Sara and Heather!



First attempt at the footprint.
First attempt at the footprint.
Erin and Sara's second attempt.
Erin and Sara's second attempt.
Shortly after things settled down from the impromtu craft project, Dr. Dan came by to let us know of a “special guest” arriving soon to greet some of the pediatric patients.  I made a couple of calls to confirm and soon Rolf and I were headed down the hall with our camera in hand in hopes of getting a special gift for Olivia!  No, sorry Uncle Alex and Aunt Teresa, it wasn’t Brad Pitt (although, he is the Brad Pitt of the tween generation )!!! 
Rolf wasn’t lying when he said he’s HUGE!!!!
Yes, it was none other than…..
ZAC EFRON!!!!  If you don’t know who that is, your kids are OLD and you obviously haven’t been out from under that rock you live under much in the last 3 years.
After the movie premiere incident, I stood there eating crow as I waited for my turn to shake Zac’s hand and ask for an autograph…for OLIVIA!  He was very sweet to grant my request and even sweeter to the mesmerized kiddos.  So, thanks Zac and company!
I (heart) Troy!!!!
I (heart) Troy!!!! Rolf can dream about Barbie all he wants!!!
‘Just another crazy day in LA – LA Land. 

10 thoughts on “In the Midst of all the Craziness…

  1. Guess I’ve been under a rock. Anyway, I’m so happy with the small steps forward re. pee and dry chest tubes!!! Will be continuing to pray.

  2. Im so happy to see that you are still in active mom mode.It is also nice to see you have the cream of the crop of nurses there with you as well. It is very she she of you to be having Hollywood elite come visit…not that we expect anything less for our King Rudy! xoxo your wondertwin!!

  3. Great job with the peeing Rudy! Will keep praying for you as always.

    Wow! Teagan (7) and Jaron (5) will be sorry they were not on hand for that special visitor. They LOVE him. Glad Olivia will get a BIG thrill out of it. I guess that is an LA perk for sure. Teagan would have been in heaven with Barbie as well.

    Have a restful weekend.
    hugs and kisses to all.

  4. CC informed us who Zac Efron was and said, “He’s SO BIG and HE MET THE GEYLINGS!”….very impressive to one certain generation!

  5. God is so good! So happy to hear Rudy’s kidney function is continuing and the chest tubes are dry! Yahoo! Without cheating, I didn’t google this young mans name, and yes my kids are over 30, and I am a baby boomer and grandmother, but I will guess this young man is from High School Musical….just a guess. Have I been living under a rock? Ha! Back to Rudy….keep fighting little precious gift from God. You have such a great family who loves you so much.

  6. Glad to hear Rudy’s doing better with the pee/chest tubes, etc. And strangely enough I’m reassured that I had no idea who Zac is — despite having kids Olivia’s age! And it’s not like they don’t watch TV, just haven’t gotten into H.S. musical.

    We keep praying for all of you.

  7. Merry Christmas to the Geylings from a loving Father who hears our prayers!!!!!
    This gives meaning to the song “All I Want For Christmas”

  8. I hope you told Zac that Olivia is a movie star in her own right, having “starred” in “Chuck Gordon: Professional Juror”, when she was but a wee babe! Chuckina rocks!

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