It’s the middle of the Fuddruckin’ night. Sadly, I’ve been awake for hours. I can’t sleep… at all. I suppose this is fine since I’ll be tucking Ryan into bed very early tonight. He’ll just get his day started a earlier today.
In just twenty-four hours — the middle of the fuddruckin’ night again — Ryan will be on his way to Children’s Hospital (Washington, D.C.) for his surgery. Sue and I will ride with him in the ambulance. He is having his internal baclofen pump removed from his abdomen. The operation is scheduled for 7:30 am, but we must to be there before 5:30 am for pre-op. This is, in truth, little more than signing endless waivers and billing authorizations. Yep, two hours is just about right for us to sign away everything.
The surgery and post-op should be wrapped-up before noon. Then Ryan will be admitted for at least twenty-four hours for recovery and observation. Because of his brain injury I expect this will be in the ICU where he can have his vital signs monitored continuously. Both Sue and I will be with him the entire time. Children’s Hospital does a wonderful job of providing comfort to patient’s family members and welcomes us staying by his side throughout.
I’m certainly not looking forward to the next couple of days. I can’t wait for my family, especially Ryan, to have this all behind us. Friday simply can not get here fast enough. It is (hopefully) then that we will be back home and Ryan will be free of that huge bulge in his stomach that’s been part of him since January 2010. It was a constant reminder of the excruciating, unrelenting pain he endured and finally it will be gone. No, it will never be forgotten, but at least it’s not in our face every time we give him food, shower him, exercise him, or even just put our arms around him.
I intend to keep you informed as the day unfolds. Please check-in often to see how it’s going. For quick updates, I certainly will use Ryan’s Fan Page on FaceBook, but also hope to use this website. It will come down to two factors: 1) internet accessibility, and 2) time to do this. It’s easy enough to update Facebook over an iPhone 4G connection, but no so much so for writing a full-blown blog post. I’m hoping the hospital has wi-fi that I can jump on with my laptop, but we’re also taking a 4G mi-fi (a.k.a. mobile hotspot) that usually works, even in hospitals.