We were all in Goleta today and enjoyed celebrateing Grandpa Dick’s birthday this evening. We had fun sharing our “favorite memories” and the children wanted to hear Grandpa’s first hand account of what it was like when Moses parted the Red Sea! Lots of laughter amidst a simple family time together.
Back at UCLA, Rudy has had what have come to be the usual ups and downs. On the “up” side, he’s done well with the wean of the ventilator and spent most of the day comfortably at 32bpm. His kidney function has come back very well to the point where there’s little concern in this realm. His blood pressure and most of the other numbers are very good. On the “down” side, his chest tube fell out again this morning (no you aren’t re-reading a previous entry). They tend to come out over time and often when the output is low as the pressure holding them in place decreases. Hoping for the best, we pray that this means there is no more fluid and the cavity will close up like it should. But Rudy’s history has been otherwise–where things look fine for a few days and then the fluid comes back. While we would prefer the fluid just take care of itself without needing to do another pleurodesis, we want to move past this once and for all so we’d also be fine with the fluid coming back immediately and making it clear that we should do the procedure. Above all, please pray for definitive information.
The other issue impacting this is the fact that they had to cease feeds as Rudy’s stomach appeared to be upset. Our main concern here is that the fluid on the chest seems to increase when feeds are going, so the fact that they aren’t feeding him could give a false read on the chest fluid. This presents challenges for the doctors to assess what is actually going on and what course of action to take, so again, we’d be grateful for some clarity.
As you can see in the pic above, Trish was inspired by Olivia’s new look and got a haircut of her own. “New Year, New You!” I must say, she’s looking fine!