Sure, we know that Rudy’s ability to breathe on his own should probably be the primary factor in the decision, but Trish and I would also like to let it be known that eventually the alarm from the vent will lead to our own institutionalization. We’ve mentioned before that the leak around the trach sets off an alarm on the vent. There’s a medical reason for this. The leak is a good thing, but I can’t really tell you why after having to sleep next to the machine last night. You can’t shut the alarm off, but you can disable it for a few minutes which means the nurse needs to walk over about every 3 minutes. Might want to reserve a few extra beds on the psyche floor downstairs. I think we’ll all be going together.
We’ve told you it’s annoying, but it may be better to let you hear for yourself. Turn your volume up as loud as it will go and then play the clip repeatedly for about 3 hours. For bonus points, try to take a nap. You’ll see why we celebrate that they can turn the machine off as Rudy is able to go on collar sprints for 6 or 7 hours now. But we still can’t get the sound of that alarm out of our heads…sometimes it’s even louder than the voices.