End of the Week and End of the Chest Tube

Happy Friday everyone! I’ll start by giving an update on Ryan’s healing. Yesterday afternoon they pulled out his chest tube. I actually got to watch this time, whereas during his last surgery I missed them pulling out both chest tubes. It was amazing to watch. While I wish more then anything I didn’t have to watch my husband go through this, it’s fascinating how large the tube is and that it’s able to drain the fluid from where his lung used to be. Last night they had his pain under control so he had a decent night. Today is the same. Of course he is in pain, but so far it hasn’t spiked like it did the previous day. I believe having the chest tube out has given him a little relief. His voice is also a little better today. He has been very hoarse since the surgery.

He will have a couple tests done in the next few days. Today a speech therapist will do a barium swallow test. This will make sure food and liquids go down his esophagus and not into his lung. So far he hasn’t been cleared to eat anything. He will also do some bladder training in the next few days. He has a catheter in and one the drugs he gets can cause the bladder muscle to weaken. We also found out that depending on how his oxygen levels are, he may need oxygen on the way home. His remaining lung should begin to compensate, but it can take a while.

Dr. Swisher (surgeon) came in today to check on Ryan and he said everything was going good. He told us that day 3 is the critical day for a patient after a lung is removed. Tomorrow will be day 3, so say extra prayers that everything will continue to improve like it has been.

I also have great news unrelated to Ryan. For the last 2 nights Logan has slept 10 hours straight! With all the stress going on, he must have known I needed my rest. šŸ™‚ It’s very weird not to be up in the night since I have been up multiple times for the last 9 months. Both boys are doing so great with everything. They just go with the flow, even on less sleep then they are used to. We are so lucky to have such sweet boys.

We hope everyone has a great weekend and please continue all the thoughts and prayers for Ryan. I will update again tomorrow. šŸ™‚

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15 Responses to End of the Week and End of the Chest Tube

  1. Rachel Peters says:

    This is great news!! I will definitely keep praying!!

  2. Annette Ross says:

    Andrea, Ryan a your boys have been part of daily meditations. Will contine to send healing vibrational energy and prayers for all of you. Annette

  3. Matt willerick says:

    Great news and thanks for the update.

  4. I PRAY A LOT...BUT LATELY, I'VE GOTTEN ON MY KNEES TO PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY. FOR SOME REASON I'VE BONDED WITH YOUR FAMILY, JUST FROM READING YOUR BLOGS AND POSTINGS. ALL GOOD POSITIVE THOUGHTS ARE COMING YOUR WAY AND GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND ESPECIALLY RY says:

    O0ps….commented in the wrong place.

  5. Barb says:

    Hope the good news continues. Continued prayers and thoughts to you all. Glad to hear Ryan’s pain is under control. I know it’s hard for him to be down, but he needs to let his body heal well so he can play with the boys that much sooner. Fingers crossed and doubling up prayers for a great Day 3!! šŸ™‚ Love to you all! xxoo

  6. Renee Levasseur says:

    I am so happy to hear such wonderful news. Will pray extra hard tonight that Day 3 is going to be an excellent day for Ryan. You are both so strong. God Bless all of you’s. Thanks for the updates. I’m sure I’ll get more information from Lisa and Kyle when they return on Sunday. (In case you are wondering…I’m Lisa’s Aunt, Jan Davis is my sister)…that’s just so you know who’s writing all the time. Can’t wait to hear more good news.

  7. Ann McNamara says:

    Jim Dean has forwarded Ryan’s blog to me via Facebook. I went through my breast cancer fight (chemo/surgery) last year- which is nothing compared to what Ryan has been battling. I’m an Anesthesiologist, and have taken care of pneumonectomy patients- it appears he’s doing amazingly well!!! You and your kids are in my thoughts, and occasionally my dreams (if I’ve read the blog before bed!). I hope for continued strength and healing for all of you

  8. James Dean says:

    Ryan, Andrea, Logan, and Landon big hugs to you all. The news that has been coming is just GREAT, and as positive as you Both are it will continue. There are soooooo many out here that are so happy. God is good. Ryan you are a real fighter. We are all out here for you. Thoughts and Prayers. šŸ™‚

  9. Kathy says:

    You are both Lucky, Wonderful Boys are your gifts from God. I will pray harder for day 3 because you have asked:) Keep Your hopes high, A lot of people are pulling for all of you:)

  10. Electra Nicolaou says:

    Wonderful news!!! Prayers are still coming your way. =D

  11. Grandma & Grandpa Davis says:

    Dear Andrea,
    We are so happy to hear the chest tube has been removed. We are praying for day 3 to go well and for more improvements each day. What an extra blessing for Logan to sleep through the night! Stay strong and place your trust in God . He knows your needs.
    We send our love to all of you.

  12. Leann says:

    We just got back from the State basketball tournament. While there, I continued
    to pray for Ryan and Andi and thought of you often. I was glad to get home and find
    your recent update.
    Your letter has helped ease my mind.
    The prayers will continue.
    Love,
    Leann

  13. Nancy Klaus says:

    My prayers for you and your family will certainly continue. What great news it is to hear the chest tubes are out. As a nurse I have cared for pts with chest tubes and they are not small and they are uncomfortable. Usually it is such a relief to the pt to get that out. Please give him my best wishes for a full and speedy recovery and be sure to take care of yourself at this time also. Love from me to you and your family &
    God’s Blessings to you all.

  14. Doug Eddy says:

    Andrea – I have thought about you, Ryan, and the boys often this week. Thank you for the updates. My family continues to pray for yours.

  15. Rula says:

    To the Humphrey Family,
    Ryan you are amazing.
    Andrea you’re an inspiration.
    I went to highschool with Ryan, I’m not sure if he remembers me or not, but when he showed up in my newsfeed the other day, I couldn’t believe it! Prayers are being sent your way. My husband is a hem/onc doc so I know a little bit about this surgery and I know that it’s one of hardest, but seeing as how Ryan is so determined and so positive and I know how much mind over matters makes a difference (I can give you article after article on how people have beat the odds with just a positive attitude and hope), you guys will get past this with the help of God.

    Thinking of you. Please let us know what we can do you for you guys šŸ™‚
    Rula Mohammad-Kafri

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