Wow, today was one of those rare days when the bulk of our family was together in Santa Barbara doing those normal “pre-Rudy” activities. Rolf took advantage of being home on a Saturday morning and took his kayak out for a little ocean excursion; the kids played nicely together as they experimented with mentos mints and Coca-Cola over at Lake Los Carneros and then headed home to jump on the trampoline; I caught up on some “house business” and began preparing for Max’s big birthday bash tomorrow (he turns 10 on March 10th!); Rolf took the kids to “Lizard’s Mouth” – a nearby hiking area with fun boulders to scramble up and caves to climb in AND Max had a basketball game which our dear friend, Lisa, took him to while the rest of us attended the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Recovery Program Graduation…always an amazing event that touches us deeply. Phew, it was a very full day and while we scurried around to all the various activities, little Rudy worked hard on his breathing. He sprinted with the trach collar for a couple of hours this morning, took a 2 hour rest back on the vent and has been back on the trach collar since 2pm this afternoon. We’re keeping close tabs on him because this has happened before when he did great out of the gate but tired after a couple of days. At this point, since we’re stuck waiting for the fluid to stop anyway, we’d be in favor of starting him slow on the ventilator wean. Speaking of lymphatic fluid, his output is less today so we hope this means the it will stop completely very soon. We look forward to celebrating Maxi tomorrow afternoon at “Golf ‘n Stuff” and Rolf will head down to be with Rudy after the party. We’ll be able to give you a more detailed update on Rudy’s condition then. It sure was hard to leave Rudy yesterday knowing he’d be “alone” for a couple of days, but we are so grateful for the PICU team taking such great care of him and the CTICU team of friends who drop in on Rudy often to let him know he’s not alone! Bless them all…and you for your continued support from all corners of the world!