Infection?

Trish made it home and took a nap before the kids made it home from school.

I just got off the phone with Dr. Robert who gave an update.  From his history with Rudy, he feels signs are pointing more toward an infection around the tracheostomy.  Since Trish left, Rudy’s breathing became more of a struggle so he was put back on the vent.  This brought his color and sats right back.  Rudy has shown signs like this before as infections have come on.  The irritation and occasional bleeding from inside the trach, a condition they call trachietis, are contributing pieces of evidence.  They asked me to give consent to start a picc line, but they aren’t sure yet if that’s a step they’ll take.  They have to decide if the IV they have started will work for the blood draws and antibiotic regimens they will likely have to start.

You can bet it’s an emotional setback to already be returned to decisions regarding vents and piccs, but the team does feel that cardiac issues are not contributing factors.  That’s good news, but the reality is that we’re looking at 7 to 10 days for the antibiotic course.  So, Trish is gearing up to head back down this evening.

More when we have it.  Thanks for keeping in touch and praying.

13 thoughts on “Infection?

  1. I;m sure you know that many prayers are being sent your way. Hopes that this is just one little pitfall, and Rudy will be back home again in no time. Just when you think your brain is letting all the “vent” and “picline” and medical terminology fade a bit…it all comes back! Guess Rudy really didn’t like that burger joint!!!

  2. Oh my dears….I can’t imagine your disppointment! We will pray that this infection is easily beat and Rudy is back home soon.
    Kisses to Rudy! The Vans

  3. So sorry to hear about this setback. I’ll be keeping your family in my prayers for a speedy recovery. Blessings- Cindy Woodmansee

  4. I’ve been away and missed all of this, but will pray like crazy tonight that this is not a set-back but rather a course alignment. Love you guys. xxooR
    The ice cream was warming on the counter in order to scoop it just right when I received your latest entry. I’m on it! …….well, off it, actually.

  5. About six posts arrived at the same time on my e-mail and I was so bummed as I scrolled down to the bottom and caught up on Rudy… so sorry Geylings. You can count on us to join everyone in praying him out again…

  6. Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way for a smooth and quick passage over this “bump” in the road. God will continue to give you the support need to get through this. Much Love, The Borkovich Family

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