Finally! We now have a firm date for Ryan’s surgery; to have the replacement prosthetic skull plate inserted.
Tuesday, October 8.
In preparation for this I took Ryan to our family physician, Dr. Mike Rodriguez, yesterday. While there the following pre-op labs and tests were performed:
- EKG. This came back normal.
- Blood Work. The results will likely be available early next week.
- Flu Shot. I got mine too.
- General Check-Up. Ryan is in pristine condition! Well, physically, that is.
Ryan will certainly spend at least twenty-four hours in the ICU following his surgery. It’s more realistic to expect additional recovery time. I’d say a total of two or three days.
For me, it can’t come soon enough. Since his surgery in late-June to remove the titanium plate, that had failed, I have been a nervous-wreck. No, more like a nervous-diaster. My concern for him — the vulnerability of only having skin and membrane protecting his brain — has completely exhausted me. Everything I do with him throughout the day reaches a level a delicacy that is impossible to explain.
It’s taken it’s toll on just about every part of my life; both mentally and physically. I hate to admit it, but I’m a shell of a man. That hurts my pride to be in such a state.
Still I’m more than a thousand times the man who [violent felon] Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May are. While I’m at it, that goes for Austin’s wimpy-ass dad too. As for his mother, Gale Vantrease… she’s more of a man than the others, but I still have her beat.
October 8th… please get here! Now!