Bronchoscopy Update

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Thanks for praying for Rudy today.  Here’s the nutshell:  Trish and Rudy left SB at 3am for a 4:45 call time at UCLA for his bronchoscopy.  Like good patients, they were there and ready but got pushed back due to an emergency case.  Rudy enjoyed the car ride and was awake for most of it, so he got a little cranky during the wait–but you wouldn’t know it from this picture Trish sent me:

Rudy's good morning to me!

Trish called around 11am and reported that they were done and she was expecting to get called up to see Rudy shortly.  Dr. Shapiro was able to completely remove the granuloma in the trachea (this is inflammatory tissue that commonly grows around trach sites), but it was a bit more work than she expected.  Instead of being soft and mushy, it was hard and fibrous.

We are pleasantly surprised to learn that she decided to downsize the trach from a 4.0 to a 3.5.  Like much of Rudy’s course of treatment, we are prepared for decannulation to proceed slowly and expected this step down to come further down the line.  So it’s fun to take two steps on the same day.  Dr. Shapiro’s assessment is that Rudy should be able to handle it, but they will keep him overnight just to monitor him.

Trish will probably give more detail when she gets settled upstairs in a few hours, but we just wanted to give an update for those who were praying.  Thanks!

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20 Responses to “Bronchoscopy Update”

  1. Mary-Robin Gibson Says:

    Thanks for the update. The children and I are praying for Rudy!

  2. Oma and Opa Says:

    been thinking and praying and thankful, that all went well.
    we keep praying. love you all !!!!

  3. Andrea Says:

    I am so in love with Rudy!! What a cute picture. I’m glad things went well.

  4. cici Says:

    So glad he is doing well. What a handsome guy!

  5. The Nelsons Says:

    thanks for this update. been thinking about you guys today.
    love and prayers,
    victoria

  6. Pat's Place Says:

    He is such a darling boy! I will keep on praying for him–and all of you!

  7. Becky Fredrickson Says:

    Rolf, thanks for the update…I’ll be waiting to hear more. I’ll keep praying for him to settle in and do well over night tonight.

  8. The Mannings Says:

    Glad to hear everything went well. Praying for a smooth stay overnight.

  9. Phyllis Says:

    Triwh, as you and Rudy settle in for your overnight you might think that you are alone in that room. You are not…we’re all there with you with love and prayers. So rest and recoup from the day. We’re on watch with you. Love to all Geyliings.

  10. Rebecca Wilson Says:

    Just when I think Rudy can’t possibly get any cuter–he’s so adorable! I’m relieved to know that he is doing so well. Trish, I hope and pray that you sleep well tonight! I love you!

  11. Bonnie Lisama Says:

    Glad all went well. Praying as always. Hugs.

  12. Michele Says:

    God is so good.
    Rolf: thanks for the update. I can’t believe you guys keep us all so well posted, in the midst of your busy life.
    Rudy: Good job! Two steps at once! Yay!
    Trish: I will pray for you to get some deep, refreshing sleep tonight!
    Love you all!
    xoxo Michele

  13. lalabamalans Says:

    Yeah – glad it went well and hope you have a good night.

  14. Renee Curtis Says:

    good news, and yes I am praying!

  15. kerry Says:

    As always!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Donna Woolard Says:

    Good, I have thought of Rudy and Trish all day!

  17. Lisa Says:

    Trish,

    We prayed for you and Rudy this morning in Bible Study…in fact we prayed for the while family! So happy for the good report…now get some SLEEP!!! And tell Mr. Rudy you guys are coming home tomorrow–in case he has any other hare-brained ideas! 🙂

    LOVE TO ALL!

  18. Grandma Jo Says:

    Home tonight from my trip and so glad to know the procedure went well. Will be in touch by phone when you are home. Love you all so much. Keep fighting Rudy!

  19. Joann Saraceno Says:

    Thanks for the update, Trish. I hope you slept well. Hugs to you both and God Bless…. Jo

  20. Kaitlin Says:

    So cute! Hope the changes don’t hurt him.

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