Next Wednesday, October 3rd, is blocked-out for Ryan’s next operation. He is having his internal baclofen pump removed from his abdomen. This surgery will be performed at Children’s Hospital (Washington, D.C.) and he will need at least one, and possibly two or more, days in the hospital. The extended-stay is strictly for observation and recovery, unless something goes wrong. We’re not expecting anything.
Keeping Ryan healthy is paramount now. For this reason, I am declaring our home on lockdown. Think of it as self-imposed isolation, in reverse. Instead of safeguarding people from Ryan, I’m doing the opposite. Isolating him from the world. Nothing comes into this house (to include mail and deliveries) without being disinfected or sterilized. Nothing. Our poor dogs will be so clean they’ll squeak.
The same caution also will occur after the surgery for at least one week. Our home again will be nothing short of quarantine… again, in reverse.
I simply can’t tell you how important it is to Sue and myself to get this out of him. For thirty-four months we looked at our son and couldn’t help but see the huge bulge in his stomach. The constant reminder of the agony our son endured without even a second of peace. Good riddance, I say!
Still, in the end, we had to make sure it was in Ryan’s best interest. No matter our grief. So, we decided to hang in there for three to six months and see how Ryan did baclofen-free. After five months we are sure this is no longer needed and it will be one less thing to make Ryan uncomfortable or in outright pain.
Reminder: This Saturday is the long-awaited De-Clutter for the Divineys II Mega Yard Sale. You can read about and see some (but not anywhere close to all) pictures of the contributions here.
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