Today has been a good day. Rudy has been breathing on his own for 60 hours and continues to fight his way to a comfortable breathing pattern. I’m encouraged by the fact that Rudy was less agitated today and when he did get upset, he was easily consoled. We enjoyed some snuggle time in between his RT treatments and his oxygen sats held consistently in the 60s and 70s. In general, he looks good…there are questions regarding the last couple of xrays as it appears there is fluid collecting IN his lungs but he has been getting RT treatments every three hours to break up the secretions and suction them out so hopefully this will help.
He continues to work hard at his breathing but the general feeling is it’s simply a matter of time for him to adjust. We just need to keep an eye on him that he doesn’t get over tired.
The Immunology docs came by today to follow up on their initial tests. It is clear that Rudy’s immune system is weakened. The question is whether it is temporarily weakened because of what he has been through so far or because of a genetic disorder of some kind. Their recommendation is to do futher tests to find out. My prayer tonight is that Rudy’s body will replenish the immune cells it has lost over the past 17 weeks and that his low functioning immune system is a temporary issue and will “kick into action” much like the other systems in his body that have needed time to strengthen. Talking with them opened up my mind to a whole other set of issues that, frankly, can overwhelm me and I’m reminded that this may feel “too big” for me but nothing is “too big” for God. Just as we must take this one day at a time…we also need to digest this one detail and one health concern at a time. Thank you for continuing to join us in praying over all the details.