Not that I need anything visible to keep Rudy in the forefront of my mind but if I did, Disneyland would be the place to be! Rolf and I were amazed yesterday at how many infants were being toted around the park in the middle of a rain storm…not a statement of judgement but an observation that filled our day with mixed emotions. One minute we were scurrying around the park hand in hand with the older kids enjoying their sqeals and outbursts of “This is awesome!” and the next minute deeply distracted by our thoughts of and concerns for Rudy. As surreal as the day was for me and Rolf, it was so great for Wilson, Max and Olivia and good for us to be together doing something special. This morning the kids woke up talking about what fun they had and what their favorite experiences were. They sure deserved the day and we pray the memories of it will encourage them in the weeks ahead as we continue on Rudy’s road to recovery.
It seems our preoccupation and concerns were warranted in particular as we got a call at 3:45am this morning informing us that Rudy was going to be intubated again. We knew that his chest xrays were looking progressively worse in the last couple of days, but it was clear last night that his right lung was collapsing, his breathing labored and his sats dropped to the point he needed to be put back on the vent. Dr. Andy called us when he was done and said Rudy was already stabilizing. Rolf and I aren’t surprised but it is a discouragement…Rudy sure has had an eventful few days in our absence which makes it even more challenging to be away. I’m looking forward to resuming my post at the hospital later today and will stay with him until Friday.