Today is April 1st and we have been at UCLA for exactly half a year. I think about where we were at this moment 6 months ago… Rolf and I were going into the NICU to see Rudy for the first time since his birth 6 hours earlier. He was intubated and sedated, sleeping peacefully next to his new teddy bear. I remember thinking how precious it was that his nurse put matching I.D. anklets on Rudy and his bear. He was a perfect pink and his body was untouched. I’m so glad Rolf and I had no idea what was to come…I sure wouldn’t want to relive the past 6 months but I am thankful for where it all has brought us today…on the verge of bringing Rudy home. The miracle of his homecoming is within reach and we are READY. As I mentioned yesterday, please pray that no new infection (or bug of any kind) will develop as that would put any plan to discharge Rudy on hold. It would also be helpful to us if an actual plan for discharge can be established. There are differing views among the team of doctors following Rudy’s treatment about the specifics of his discharge so we pray for a definitive plan…of course, we hope it is sooner rather than later if it’s safe for Rudy. There is certainly a fair amount of fear and apprehension about bringing him home and taking over all his care on our own, but the positives in having him home far outweigh any insecurity we may feel…the reality is an extra week or two in the hospital won’t make me feel any more prepared or ready for the road ahead. My heart and mind are ready to get started on the adjustments here at home Go, Rudy, Go…you’ve come so far already – you’re almost home!