Rudy’s bronchoscopy involved a rather challenging time change for us–from the Pacific Daylight Time Zone to the Hospital Time Zone. In the round-the-clock world of the UCLA Med Center a pre-op check-in time of 4:45AM is part of business, but it was a bit of a start for us. It meant getting Trish and Rudy up at 2AM and then on the road by 2:45–at least there’s not much traffic at that hour.
Trish called shortly before lunch to say that everything went very smoothly. Rudy went in at 7AM and was back in recovery by 8:30. He took a bit to wake up and is a bit bugged by the lines attached to him (that’s actually an encouraging and new development to see him spunky instead of lethargic and resigned).
Dr. Shapiro said everything looks good except for a node of scar tissue just above the trach that will require surgical removal when it comes time to remove the trach. This is not uncommon, but it will likely mean that the trach will stay in unless it is certain that we have over a year to wait before the Glenn (highly unlikely). She said that Rudy’s vocal cords look mushy (OK, that’s our term because we forgot the science word Dr. Shapiro used). It simply means they are not toned and tight like they would be through vocalization, but there is no reason to believe they won’t develop properly when the time comes.
Dr. Shapiro would like to keep Rudy overnight, but there is a bed shortage upstairs so that may change. Thanks for praying. Now, I’m about due for another cup of coffee…