Merry Christmas…

from our family to yours!!!

December 2008
December 2008


It’s been a great Christmas so far here in our unique environs.  Rudy has been stable.  We were glad to find out that what fluid is coming from the left chest tube is only 8% chylous so perhaps not another issue of chylothorax.  He’s breathing much better since the fluid came off, so Dr. Robert might just start to slowly wean the ventilator tonight as his nutrition looks good.  The kids discovered there had been a visitor overnight, so the day started with presents and fun.  Since then, the day has been full: fun with Nurse Kelly, Nurse Aliza, Drs. Abel and Robert; visits from friends, firefighters and (yet another) Santa.  Things are just getting started as Trish is set to go pick up Grandma and Grandpa at LAX and, after they have a chance to visit with Rudy, we’ll all head back home for a couple of days enjoying a lazy Christmas at home.

I’m not sure any more words could do our Christmas celebration justice…so here is a pictorial diary of the past couple of days…


What would a Christmas Eve in the CTICU be without a traditional game of “udderball”.  All you need is a surgical glove, an extension cord and an empty room with a very expensive ICU rig to serve as stantions. 








Hot Chocolate, the Christmas Story and Christmas Carols at Rudy’s bedside – (Christmas Eve 2008)




Christmas Morning in the CTICU
Christmas Morning in the CTICU
Baby's 1st Christmas
Baby's 1st Christmas
Rudy's view of the "yule log"
Rudy's view of the "yule log"
Atari with Dr. Abel
Atari with Dr. Abel
Play time!
Play time!
Beverly Hills Firemen!
Beverly Hills Firemen!
Rudy at 12 weeks and one day!
Rudy at 12 weeks and one day!

20 thoughts on “Merry Christmas…

  1. Sounds like ya’ll had a fun day! We’ve all been thinking of you. Love you, Heather

    P.S. I see Rudy’s wearing his Christmas present!

    P.P.S. Who knew paddle ball could be so hard? =D

  2. I’m so excited that you made a good few days of your time in LA. And soo glad you can visit with Grandma Jo and Grandpa Dick too! I’ll keep praying for Rudy’s eating and breathing. Love you guys and Merry Christmas!

  3. This will surely be a Christmas to remember! Blessings to you all and enjoy precious time with Mom and Dad! Love you from Kansas!!! Our praying won’t take a holiday!

  4. great pics and even greater news about rudy’s progress. great to see the ICU equipment being put to great use! We love you guys and will keep praying for you all. Merry Christmas. The Obregon Family

  5. I’m so glad that the Geyling troop could enjoy their Christmas in any location! And with Beverly Hills Firemen, even Ground Hog’s day would be a blast!!!!
    Blessings to you all and wishes for a bright 2009!

  6. merry Christmas to you all and thank you for the wonderful pictures! So thankful for the positive news about Rudy, we continue to pray for you all.
    much love the brews!!

  7. Love the photos of you all together!

    That’s such great news about the fluid and that Rudy might be strong enough to begin to be weaned off the ventilator. We will continue to pray that his body is strong and that he will make progress in that direction. Love to all of you!

  8. Dear Trish,
    One of the things that always strikes me in these pictures is the gigantic, beautiful smile you have. It’s so full of joy with sparkling eyes and laughing mouth. This is how I remember you in our college days, too. God has blessed me so much just to see the joy in your face even as you endure what must be so stressful–a real invitation to be sad and discouraged. May you and your family experience continued peace and joy through this season of celebration.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  9. As always so good to hear great news! God just continues to bless the Geylings. You are so faithful to Him. Love abounds!!! Yahoo! We continue to stand on Rudy’s lung keeping clear, his breathing continues to get strong and the nutrition feedings make him stronger. Love to you all and again Merry Christmas! Just so you know, my Nikki and Mandee follow your blog daily and I sent Grandma Jane that nice picture of Cousin Joann and Rudy to her for Christmas. I know your visit with your parents Trish will be such a blessing. Love, Cousin Dianna XOXO

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family ! Hoping that next Christmas will be filled with pictures of a healthy toddler, opening presents !
    Love from the Groves

  11. I am so glad to hear of all the progress Rudy has had. I am also glad you were all together for Christmas, I know Rudy loved that. I am happy to see that the fire fighters stopped by (yea Trish) so that means the Laker girls will probably stop by soon to (yea Rolf) anywho i mis you guys and i cant wait to come for another visit! xoxo

  12. Merry Christmas! It was sooo good to see all the pictures of you being
    family together! Our prayers are with you! I just said good-bye to Cruz..
    remember her, Trish, from Elwood neighborhood??? We just reconnected
    a couple weeks ago and tonight we had a reunion of some of the “oldies”.
    Many of the Lira, Lopez clans were here along with Cruz and Isabel Buelna
    and Luz and Luis Fuentes. It was fun….we’re going to try to do it every
    year on Dec. 26th. Well, God bless you and have a hopeful, healthy 2009
    for one and all! Love, Curt, Ann and Luci

  13. Merry Christmas and I pray for a blessed 2009!! May God continue to give you peace and sustain you every second. Go Geylings Go!!! Smile!

    These are awesome pictures. The firemen don’t look too bad either!!! LOL!


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