Day 3

We hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! Usually I’m very excited for the weekend to come, but here everyday is pretty much the same. Today is day 3 and according to the surgeon it’s a critical day for a patient after getting a lung removed. The blood flow between the heart and lungs change when a lung is gone and it takes a while for the body to adjust to these changes. So far the day has gone as well as expected. He is in some pain, but it’s manageable. They have removed his saline drip and he is able to eat and drink whatever he wants. He still has 2 IV’s, but he isn’t hooked up to anything. They are just there in case of an emergency. He still has an epidural, but they are planning to remove it tomorrow if his pain is under control. We haven’t heard when his catheter will be taken out. Since yesterday he hasn’t been using any oxygen and his levels are great most of the time. When he’s up walking around he doesn’t need it at all, but when he sits down or sleeps it sometimes drops. It doesn’t take long for it to come back within range though. It’s pretty amazing how the body can become accustom to only 1 lung. They also removed the dressing over his incision today. While no one wants to have a scar like that or be cut open, the surgeon did a great job of stitching him back up. They used the same incision as they did for the previous surgery and it’s only extended a few centimeters. The hole where his chest tube was is also healing nicely.

The surgical team came in this afternoon and thought Ryan was healing very well. If his pain continues the way it is, he will have the epidural out tomorrow along with the catheter. The are estimating that he should be out of the hospital on Monday! He also asked about home oxygen and the Doctor said he wouldn’t need oxygen at home. Ryan told them his levels drop to 89 at night when he sleeps and they weren’t concerned.

Yesterday I attended a class all about taking care of a loved one at home after a thoracotomy. I learned how to deal with the incision and chest tube sights and activities the patient is allowed to do and when. Even though I’ve been through this before, it was very informative.

Yesterday evening Ryan had me put my ear close to his chest on the side without a lung. He coughed a little and it sounded like a water bed! It was so crazy. You could hear it and feel it and he said he could feel it slosh around too.

The boys and I are starting to get used to our routine here. Last night Logan was up once in the night, but I can definitely live with that! Both boys usually sleep until 8:00 and after I shower and get ready we head to breakfast. I feed Logan before my Dad and I head over to the hospital. It’s about a 15 minute walk. My Mom puts Logan down for his nap and after he wakes up they walk over to the hospital so I can feed him again and Landon loves to get out and walk around. Today the boys came up to see Ryan! Landon is always asking where Daddy is so I was very excited that Ryan was ready for them today. I took an adorable picture of the 3 of them. šŸ™‚ There is a beautiful spot at the top of the hospital where you can look out over the city, so Landon and Ryan walked around up there and we took Landon to the indoor park. It was so nice to feel like a family again. Landon is such a trooper and was only a little leery at first just because of Ryan’s IV pole. Ryan talked to him about it and then he was totally fine. Ryan’s voice is a little scratchy still, so Ryan asked Landon if his voice sounded a little funny. Landon said, “Yes, Daddy’s voice sounds funny!” And then laughed about it. He’s such a funny little guy. šŸ™‚

If anything significant happens or changes today I’ll keep you updated and if you don’t hear from me, take that as a good sign! šŸ™‚ Thank you for following our journey and keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate it so much! šŸ™‚

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13 Responses to Day 3

  1. Graham says:

    Keep it up Ryan!! We’re still pullin’ for ya!!

  2. Marilyn Zalewski says:

    So glad to hear that Ryan is progressing nicely. I love hearing about your boys. It reminds me of when my boys were little. Enjoy…. they grow so darn fast! Sending hugs to all of you!

  3. james dean says:

    Andrea, what a GREAT post. Ryan just keep up this really good news to all of us out here. As usual it is very positive as you always come through to us. Many people close to me are very please with the progress that you are showing. They continually are asking “when is the post. You just know that it is all possible through the BIG man above. Thoughts and Prayers to you and all of your family. šŸ™‚

  4. Electra Nicolaou says:

    Wonderful news, Andrea. Ryan’s progress is remarkable. God has answered our prayers and will continue to watch over Ryan.

  5. Rachel Peters says:

    Wow!!.. I am totally amazed that he wasalready up and walking around the next day and now IV’s are out, and pain pumps removed,…AMEN!!!!.. The poor man just had a lung removed… I’m thinking he’d be laid up in bed for at LEAST a week to recover, but this just goes to show us all what a true fighter Ryan really is… again, WOW… lol… Although I really should have expected this, considering what a positive outlook he has, that you BOTH have, and how strong you both have already been through this whole ordeal both physically and mentally. Andrea, you and your boys are so blessed.. Ryan is a great husband, father, and man… I am so happy this is going so well.. you don’t know me but I feel like I’m going through this right along with you and everyday I say a prayer that this is the end cancer in your lives.. God Bless!! <3

  6. Gaye says:

    So glad Landon and Logan got to see Ryan. They must miss seeing their Dad and I know Ryan misses seeing them. The boys are a good boost of positive energy for Ryan.
    Thanks for the postings.

  7. Renee Levasseur says:

    I have prayed and thought about Ryan and your family all morning. He is making such wonderful progress. Praise God the Great Healer! Will keep all of you in my prayers and Thank God for all this great new. His blessings are new every morning!

  8. Barb says:

    Good to hear that Day 3 is nothing but positive so far. Keep it up Ryan!! Prayers continue. xxoo

  9. Stacie Looney says:

    You are all in our prayers! – The Looneys on St. Johns Chase

  10. Chris, Marisol & Brady Smith says:

    Sending Prayers to all of you.

  11. Chris, Marisol & Brady Smith says:

    Sending Prayers.

  12. Briones fam. says:

    Amazing! God is always with all of you!

  13. Kathy says:

    Thanks for A GREAT Letter!!! Have a Wonderful Sunday:):) Prayers are with all of You!

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