All “Good” Things Must Come to an End

Good morning everyone and happy Monday! We hope you are having a great start to the week and we are hoping the rest of our week goes smoothly.

After they took the epidural out yesterday Ryan was feeling good. It was great to be able to walk around with him and no IV pole. The boys came up in the afternoon for a visit. We walked around and had some lunch. The boys left, so Ryan and I went on a walk then back to his room. Around 4:00 pm he started to feel the affects of the epidural wearing off. In his words, “It feels like I’ve been run over by a truck.” He was in pain and was very tired. They tried putting an IV in just in case he needed some IV pain meds, but after 3 tries they finally gave up. I left about 5:30 pm to feed the boys, get them a bath, and put them to bed. Ryan was sleeping when I left. Later in the evening they ended up accessing his port in case he needed the pain medication. He had a pretty good night though and never needed the IV medication. He has also been running a low grade fever, but they aren’t worried unless it gets up to 101 degrees. Ryan’s voice is still very scratchy. His voice could be like this for up to 6 weeks. At his follow up appointment in a month, he will get his vocal cords checked and may need an injection if they aren’t better.

Both boys woke up late today, so I got to hospital around 10:00 am just in time for the discharge nurse to come in. She gave us our instructions for home care and before she was finished Dr. Swisher (surgeon) came in. He thought Ryan was healing well and could go home today. He told us few things to look for: shortness of breath, coughing up fluid, or spiking a fever. Those are the major things that would send Ryan to the Emergency Room at home. Ryan also has a bulge of fluid above his incision. The Doctor said the fluid is from his now empty lung cavity, but it should decrease soon. It’s very strange looking and of course we took a picture of it! 😀 Right now we are just waiting for word that he can leave. We have a couple prescriptions to pick up on the way out then we’ll be heading to the hotel for the rest of the day. If everything goes well, we will be flying home tomorrow.

I can’t wait to be back in our own home! Although I will miss someone cleaning for me and not having to cooking dinner. I know Ryan will be much more comfortable at home and I’m anxious to get the boys back in their normal environment. Poor Logan had to deal with a new place and getting his first 2 teeth!

I’m sure Ryan will be back writing soon, but I’ll try and keep everyone updated until then. Thank you for all the comments and well wishes. We both enjoy reading them so much! Wish us luck on our travels back home. 🙂

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6 Responses to All “Good” Things Must Come to an End

  1. Josh Ross says:

    I’m glad to hear he is on his way home. I have been following the posts closely for the last week. I tried calling a couple days before you guys went in but I’m sure you had enough going on. Give Ryan a hug for me andrea. I know he’s got a ways to go yet but hopefully this is the start of things getting much better. Still hoping to get up there and see you guys sometime soon. Tell him to let me know when might be a good time. Love you guys!!

  2. Cheryl O says:

    Hope you feel better soon Ryan! I know the effects ASC has on families and you and yours seem to be doing wonderfully! I pray for you all and wish this dreaded disease never existed! God bless you!

  3. Leann says:

    We have several friends who are battling cancer right now, but we are in the dark
    99% of the time about what is going on in their battle. It is so nice that you keep
    us posted. Of course, we will keep you in our prayers.

    Thanks again.

  4. Grandpa Humphrey and Grandma Humphrey says:

    Nice talking to you Andrea, hope you guys have a great
    trip, just take it easy.

  5. Renee Levasseur says:

    All I can say is “Praise God”!!!! May all the days ahead be nothing but good results and healing for Ryan. God Blessings on your family for all you have gone through. As always, I pray for Ryan and your family every night.

  6. Howard Perlroth says:

    Truly amazing. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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