The twenty-fours hours post-surgery were uneventful. The orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Reeves, did a remarkable job (we did check the x-rays with him). That’s not to say Ryan wasn’t uncomfortable overnight. He was. Even with the pain medications taking the edge off. There was some concern he might be developing pnuemonia, but I no longer am inclined to think so after performing a deep-suction this morning. His blood work confirms this too.
We began talking discharge, and it might be as early as tomorrow or the following day. We pushed for hospital discharge directly from the ICU and there wasn’t much resistance (that I could tell). So, for today, we already gave him a full range-of-motion stretch and will get him out of his bed and into a chair.
Once home, aside from being cautious of the soreness from the surgical incisions, Ryan can go right back into my intense therapy. We are limited on showering until the incisions close and stop draining (about a week or two). Other than this it’s “business as usual”, as they say.