It’s wonderful that Ryan has this surgery behind him, but the discomfort he is feeling is obvious. Even with a some heavy-duty pain killers. He’s moaning with almost every breath he exhales.
I feel so bad for him.
But, the simple truth is, it won’t be getting any better for a few days… at least. Tomorrow will likely be even worse because the soreness will pile on top of the pain. You know what I mean, like when you break a bone… it hurts bad the first day, then hurts like hell the next.
If all goes well — meaning no sign of infection or complication — he will get discharged tomorrow evening. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep my fingers crossed and hope to have him home as planned. It always feels more comforting to recover in one’s own place. It doesn’t hurt having the dogs around.
Ryan will get four days of rest to allow time for the incisions (abdomen and back) to heal. maybe even a couple more days. This doesn’t mean he’ll just be lying around though. He must continue to get passive exercising and range-of-motion stretching. I’ll keep him away from the FES Cycle and standing frame, which are strenuous. Now that I think about it, maybe the best approach is to double-up on the stretching lieu of resistance exercises. Hmm, let me sleep (ha!) on this. Either way, I’ll start tomorrow right in his hospital bed.
Now for the good part. A picture of Ryan’s new stomach.