Dr. Shapiro called from the OR at 12 noon to say that Rudy did well and they were finishing up. They wheeled him into his room at 12:20pm and he is resting…slowly coming off his sedatives. He is so precious! It’s a little troubling to see a tube coming out of his neck but the exciting news is we can see his beautiful face completely tape-free!! He’ll have to stay still today but I can hold him again tomorrow. They’ll have to watch him closely for 7 days…next Tuesday they’ll change out his trach tube and then begin to train us how to do it – yikes. So, our little man has some more recovering to do. The trach is a tough emotional hurdle for me – more so than his open heart surgery which was a hundred times riskier – and I think it boils down to the fact that the trach is a visible reminder of his limitations at this point. Everyone’s feeling is that this won’t be permanent for Rudy and I trust that will be the case. So I’m trying to keep it all in proper perspective in the midst of the emotions of today. Rudy inspires me to keep fighting…if he can fight so hard for so long, I certainly can too. Thank you for persevering with us in prayer! What would we do without you all?