…Today was truly Rudy’s day o’ rest! His little body finally stopped kicking long enough to realize it was tired and he slept, slept, slept. When he was awake, he was quiet and calm. His little eyes were glazed over and he looked tired but he wasn’t agitated at all. He did spike another 104 degree fever early this morning which was concerning to the team during the a.m. rounds but thankfully he was fever-free the rest of today. So, today the team left him alone, allowed him to rest and continued waiting for the cultures to come back. One variable that we know for sure is that Rudy has c-diff…a bacteria in the gut that we all have but is normally controlled by other bacteria. Rudy, however, has been on antibiotics that have killed off the other bacteria so Rudy has been battling a terrible case of loose stools brought on by the c-diff running rampant. It could also account for the temps, etc. but we need to wait for the cultures to come back to know for sure. If the cultures come back negative, then they’ll take Rudy off the IV antibiotics and we can begin the vent wean and work toward getting Rudy home again. If the cultures come back positive, then Rudy will have to stay in the hospital until the full course of IV antibiotics is complete. We’ll know tomorrow or Saturday.
In the meantime, we spent some time today inventing toys for Rudy. Sadly, the MATTEL Children’s Hospital (emphasis on MATTEL) has a shortage of toys. We needed something to occupy Rudy’s little hands as he was using them to tug at his tummy-IV port and his vent tube. Nurse Sara came for a visit and made him a syringe rattle and I constructed his “tube handle”. Both seem to satisfy his need to hold something without the threat of disconnecting anything.