The summer of 2014 is just a blur. For something that felt like it took forever, it’s crazy just how little I recall from it. It’s like waking the morning after drinking too much and trying to piece together what exactly happened the night before. Well, I feel hung over every bit like I’ve been on a three-month bender.
Since June 23rd — the day Ryan had his defective titanium skull plate removed — the only thing that mattered was protecting his brain. A brain that was precariously exposed. Protected only by a layer of skin (scalp) and the brain’s protective membrane (meninges).
The stress was unimaginable.
Sure, by the end of this week Ryan’s eyes will be deeply bruised… his head will be lined with more staples and sutures than can be counted… blood will saturate the gauze bandages around his head… he will be sore and uncomfortable… he will be on strong antibiotics to prevent infection… but it’s nothing different from his struggle since the day he was so mercilessly beaten (by Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May; both of Newark, Delaware).
As I hold Ryan’s hand through another battle, those monsters that did this to him will be snug in their own beds at night and free to do whatever they please during the day. As I put my boy back together they continue to turn their backs on him and the damage they caused.
I will never be able to accept this. Their blatant refusal to accept responsibility and accountability is sickening! Scum! Their behavior is deplorable, and since they refuse to meet their justice then the only option is to have justice imposed upon them… in due time.
As for Ryan’s recovery following his surgery to insert the prosthetic skull plate, it will take some time. The bruising will fade from black to blue, then to that sickly shade of yellow, before finally looking normal. The IV antibiotics will stop. The scabs will slowly fall away. The staples that are holding his scalp together will be removed in phases. His hair will grow back. Then, as people are consumed with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and planning their New Year’s eve celebration, is when Ryan will begin to look “normal” again.
Then again, looks can be deceiving.