I had the strangest experience yesterday on the drive down to UCLA for Rudy’s appt with pulmonology. As I made the turn off Sunset Blvd onto Veteran, I noticed the house on the corner was completely vacated and workers were busily painting and doing some home improvements. Now, I don’t know if the house sold or if the current occupants simply moved out for a home renovation project but as I passed the empty house, my heart was heavy and I was totally caught off guard with a bit of grief. Isn’t that strange? I have become well acquainted with that drive to UCLA…getting off the crazy 405 fwy into Brentwood and onto the Westwood campus. During Rudy’s initial 7 month hospital stay, that neighborhood became a bit of an escape for me…driving in I’d get excited knowing I was close to getting back to Rudy and driving out I’d stare at the beautiful homes with manicured yards while stopped at the stoplights just wanting to soak in all the normalcy the neighborhood represented. The vacant house I saw yesterday was one I enjoyed in particular…it was always lit up and felt warm & inviting. As the seasons passed, I enjoyed all their decorations during the holidays and loved their garden blooms in the spring. I never met the people who lived there but I sure was sad yesterday thinking that they may have moved away! Again, isn’t that strange? Sometimes I think I must be going crazy…but, then again, I suppose it’s a wonderful reminder that there are so many choices we make in life (both in what we do and how we behave) that comfort and refresh the world around us…without us even knowing it!
There’s nothing new to report after our check-in with Dr. Woo. Rudy’s lungs sound good and she would like us to continue with his current care for pulmonary hypertension at home. She’s on board for the heart transplant and seems to be in good communication with cardiology. The heart transplant folks and Dr. Woo have made it clear that for transplant purposes, Rudy’s oral health needs to become a priority. I’ve actually looked into this in the past and it has been tricky to find a local dentist willing to treat Rudy with his complicated needs. I have a referral to take Rudy back to UCLA for a dentist appt. I suppose it’ll be helpful in the long run to have his oral health assessed “in house” as it relates to a heart transplant but I’m still hoping to find a dentist closer to home for his general dentistry needs. I’ve procrastinated a bit on this and now it’s time to get serious…I’ve procrastinated on getting me and the big kids to the dentist this year too so it seems to be a consistent issue for me. 😉 Next up will be visits with the Endocrinologist, Cardiologist and Neurologist…and calls today to set up Rudy’s ENT and Dentist appts (both at UCLA so I’m praying I can stack them on the same day). SO grateful for Rudy’s team of medical professionals! Thank you for your continued prayers for healing and good general health as we prepare for cold and flu season.