It’s 1:30AM and Trish just called. It now looks like Rudy will be admitted back into the hospital. His saturations seem to have picked up back into his usual range (60-80%), but one bit of info that wasn’t clear to us before was that the scope of Rudy’s airway gave evidence of what might be a trach infection. In group consults, information bounces around a bit and all the data doesn’t get to you at once. The ER folks don’t feel it’s wise to send Rudy home with so many unknowns.
The irony of all of this is that UCLA has a shortage of floor beds so the only place they can admit him to is the ICU. Guess his former room is empty. Not sure how I feel about having our “usual room” in a place like this, but glad that Trish and Rudy are headed to familiar surroundings with familiar personnel. We’ll see if the morning brings further clarity, but for now the course looks like it’s going to be 2-3 days in the hospital for a good antibiotics course and/or a closer assessment of his condition. Trish and I will also scramble some logistics as she packed for the daytrip and is without the gear for a longer hospital sojurn.
Sooo, which lucky fellow gets to start the picc line this time?