from our family to yours!!!
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)