It’s difficult to grasp. By tomorrow, Ryan will miss his second Superbowl. Sure, we’ll have the game on and I know who Ryan would be rooting for (or, more accurately, rooting against), but it’s just not the same. I’ll be pulling for the team my son would want to win.
I’m certainly not going to divulge which team we want to see kissing the Lombardi Trophy. The simple fact is, these are two franchises with history, tradition, and the best fan bases in the country. As a Redskin fan, I deeply envy and admire both these teams. Both have earned the right to play tonight and neither had an easy path to get there.
Ryan’s nutrition is going very well. In fact, today I’ll be adding either wild Atlantic salmon or soy beans. Also, he is transitioning to a different canned food, getting 50% from the Impact 1.5 now. Our hope is to have him completely switched over by this time next week. We are keeping a close eye on his weight. He is a bit too high right now, coming in at 179.3 lbs. We want him around 175 lbs. I remember last year at this time he was a very thin 145 lbs.
We are on the cusp of beginning his new treatment under the IBRF protocol. The laser is being built, the supplements are in the mail, and the most comprehensive blood work panel is pending. This blood work is so specialized that it requires a “Phlebotomist” to perform the draw. We are waiting on this before the doctors will prescribe any new drugs, since these drugs will be quite powerful and require constant monitoring.
We are also jumping through hoops to get Ryan in for a 3T-MRI (a high field resolution MR). This MRI is relatively new technology and only a few places currently have it. Luckily, Loudoun Hospital just brought one on-line a couple of weeks ago. We are hopeful Ryan can have it performed there.
Tomorrow is the 7th. It will mark the
1615-month anniversary of Ryan’s brutal beating by Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May. Through all this sadness, I take comfort in the knowledge that Ryan is neither one of them.