Today Ruben’s open incision was closed by Dr Chen and his crew. As they say, he “tolerated the closure” very well. Now it will be a few days of coming off the sedatives and paralyzing meds and carefully watching all his numbers. Then we will have a squirmy Ruben, mad as hell and hungry as a caterpillar. Most of the swelling is gone and he looks like a baby, not a line backer.
Next goal-post is to get the breathing tube out (in a couple of days). After that he will be on less invasive respiratory machines for a while until all is stable.
We will let you know as this story develops.
When dr Chen was telling us that Ruben was ok, Maddy was in the pump room, pumping. I texted her. She left in a bit of a hurry, leaving her iphone in the pump room. She realized a few minutes later, went in to get it and it was gone. No one had left it at the front desk, and after it did not turn up for while we decided it was stolen. She locked it remotely and tracked it (if you think they are not following you, think again, even WE can track phones from our lap-tops). It was across the street at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital. Very strange. I went across the street, looked for anyone fighting to unlock an iphone, nothing. Chatted with the security people there who said, oh yeah, this happens all the time. Looked in the garbage cans, and eventually came back. Maddy had sent the phone a message saying to please return to the front desk at the PICU. At 6pm (3 hours later) the front desk intercomed out asking if any parents lost a phone! Someone had turned it in! A valentines day miracle! Our thief had a change of HEART? why ask why?
Maddy: Or – someone took it by accident. And, Ruben’s heart tucked back safely in his chest is a serious valentines day miracle.
here’s our incredible nurse Joe who has been with Ruben since Thursday …. the photo looks kind of dramatic, but he’s just cleaning up one of Ruben’s IV sites. Thank you, Joe!!!