A week ago tonight, we were waiting in the ER hoping for the green light to go home…well, we’re still here at UCLA and today was a tough day. After the episode early this morning, we waited a good bit of the morning for an xray to help determine the next step. The xray did show some fluid in the lungs…not quite pneumonia but something to address nonetheless. Dr. Andy wanted to get a picc line in him to get Lasix directly into his vascular system and dry up those lungs but Nurse Anita who puts the picc lines in just wasn’t willing to attempt another picc line in Rudy as she has not had any success with him the last several tries (I don’t blame her). The alternative was to put a peripheral IV line in but that, too, is not easy to do on Rudy. Dr. Andy did it himself and ended up putting an IV in one of the prominent veins in Rudy’s stomach area…not a typical place for an IV but it worked. The only drawback is that it is well within Rudy’s reach and he grabbed onto it with his killer grip and almost pulled it out! As a result, Nurse Sam had to wrap his torso in netting so he couldn’t grab onto it anymore. If it weren’t for his buddha-belly physique, he’d look like a member of the “Village People” with his fishnet tank. He finally settled down about an hour ago after a full day of restlessness and discomfort. We were all pretty concerned around 4pm this afternoon when his fever spiked to 104 degrees…he was seriously uncomfortable at that point and Nurse Sam had him packed in ice from head to toe. His fever finally broke and he fell asleep soon after.
Dr. Andy is pretty certain he is battling an infection and ordered a couple of antibiotics as a precaution until the cultures come back. No matter what it is, it’s clear Rudy’s body fought hard against it all day today and so I pray tonight he is able to sleep soundly and rest up…he sure deserves it. I love this little boy.