It’s 9am and after a night of observation, Rudy will be discharged sometime before noon today. As Rolf posted earlier, we had a smooth (albiet early) trip to UCLA yesterday morning, an easy admit into the PCU for pre-op, was in for the bronchoscopy & direct larynoscopy on time and back in the PACU (recovery) in about an hour! Because of a shortage of beds in the PICU, we hung out in the PACU until a bed opened up at 4pm but Rudy woke up from the anesthesia happy and then took a nice afternoon nap so the time went pretty fast. Although I secretly hoped they would send us home because of the bed shortage, I was happy to stay and err on the side of being cautious and, as it turned out, we had a great night connecting with old nurse/doctor friends. Word spread that Rudy was on his way up from recovery and he received a warm welcome fit for a king! How very blessed we are to have such great care and engaged medical professionals. I took full advantage of being in the unit and tried to tie up a few loose ends regarding acquisition of a wheelchair and consults with a few of his docs. All in all, folks around here are amazed at how he has grown and loving how interactive he is now…he is giving quite a few kisses and smiles to everyone who comes in to see him and our overnight stay has been a mutual encouragement I think! 🙂 So we’ll pack up and head home in an hour or two. Thanks for your prayers! As Rolf mentioned, Rudy will need a couple of procedures when it comes time to wean him from the trach but in general there is much to be grateful for in the development of his airways! Yippy!!