As much as I dread this day, I’m thankful it’s here. After 3½ months, Ryan will finally get his skull plate replaced with a prosthetic later today. The original titanium-mesh plate that was placed in the summer of 2010 was removed in June because it was causing his scalp to breakdown.
Following surgery, Ryan will be admitted to the ICU for monitoring. I expect he’ll be there tomorrow and Friday. If no complications arise then I expect we will come home on Friday.
The fact is, I’ll need some damned compelling reasons to keep him in the hospital any longer.
I’ll keep you updated throughout the day. The next update will likely be this afternoon.
Thank you for caring and keeping Ryan in your thoughts today.
07:30 AM Update: Ryan was up and doing his normal routine before leaving for the hospital later in the day. All hydration and nutrition are now stopped to clear his stomach for surgery.
11:40AM Update: Ryan is in Pre-Op getting the standard routine to get him ready. Surgery is scheduled for 12:45, but it’s entirely too common for it to be delayed.
12:30 PM Update: We were just told that surgery will be delayed for up to an hour.
1:35 PM Update: Ryan was just taken to the operating room. The surgery should take two to three hours.
4:30 PM Update: Still in surgery. Hoping to hear something!
5:05 PM Update: Surgery is completed and went smoothly! Ryan is in Recovery and we are right beside him. He’ll be moved to ICU in about an hour.
9:10 PM Update: It took four hours, but Ryan is finally in his ICU room. Ryan went into respiratory distress and needed to remain by the operating rooms in case he kept continuing downhill. Thank goodness, he bounced back but continues to be iffy. He is on supplemental oxygen and a Bi-PAP (not sure if that’s spelled correctly) which is basically a ventilator without a breathing tube down his throat. He seems uncomfortable, but not pain-ridden.
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