Nurse Amy rocks!!! Actually, all of Rudy’s nurses rock, but she’s the one that’s there today. We kept in touch with her by phone and she reported that Rudy made it through 2 hour sprints today without any trouble at all. Perhaps he was a bit starved for attention because he got really fussy and nothing Amy could do seemed to calm him down until she decided to hold him–and did so for three hours! That made our little charmer a pretty happy camper.
This is very encouraging progress and it has Dr. Robert charting a course for extubating in a matter of days. The team has kept an eye on Rudy from an infection standpoint and the cultures aren’t returning much of significance, nor are there symptoms that seem to be holding him back. He looks strong and capable, so the plan is for Rudy to move to three 3-hour sprints tomorrow. Depending on how it goes, they could pull the tube on Sunday or Monday. Please keep praying–we have to be prepared for twists and turns yet to come, but it sure would be great to get past the vent.
In the meantime, we’ve enjoyed our final evening with Grandma and Grandpa before we see them off tomorrow. While I worked today, Trish found the time to lunch with them down at Beachside Cafe (but I’m not jealous…really I’m not–the Clif bar I had at my desk was soooooooo tasty). I got my fill tonight as we grilled steaks in the rain to console Dick and JoAn after besting them at Pinochle. It was all topped off by a visit from two raccoons just now who were either quarrelling or amorous, but clearly not in a rush or bothered by humans nearby. Just part of life in the wild here in Goleta.
As you can tell, our spirits are up. Can’t wait to see Rudy tomorrow!