The operation to suture Ryan’s eyelids mostly shut, called a partial-tarsorrhahpy, has failed in the left eye. Over the past several days the eyelid has opened far beyond what was intended or expected. For all practical purposes, the eye is completely open again.
This means another trip to the eye surgeon’s office as quickly as possible. If the doctor is not able to correct it there (which he probably can not) Ryan will be taken directly to the hospital to repeat the operation. All I can say with certainty at this time is it will happen on or before next Monday. Ah, just another long day in the hospital…
This also means Ryan will go on another dose of antibiotics, something we try to avoid since his treatment for chronic urinary tract infections puts him at high risk of becoming resistant. This would be devastating. On top of this, Ryan will again experience several days of discomfort from the bruising, bleeding, and swelling. Oh, and let’s not forget the havoc the general anesthesia will have on his bowels for days afterwards.
Still, it must be redone. Otherwise he will lose his eyesight (if he even has any now). Moreover, he is at risk losing his eye entirely. Just chalk it up as another devastating effect of traumatic brain injury. It touches EVERY part of the body. The eyes are no exception.
Tara T says
I feel it necessary to reach out and offer my understanding about this. I had two brain surgeries and after losing half my hearing, balance, paralysis on half my face and body, the eye (left) is by far the worst of it. I willingly sought out a tarsorraphy! Mine is the opposite of Ryan’s. Stayed too tight, long(flap). Disaster. Yet, the lower was tightened. It’s trading one deficit for another. I am going to keep Ryan in my prayers (sadly, there are many). Just remember, he is not alone.
Tara Tanner says
Wow..I just read tarsorraphy and not his story. I am really sorry for this nonsensical tragedy. I lost a very close friend 29 years ago to murder. I don’t know how to process these things. No words.
Is it possible that this failed because Ryan is trying to open his eye? I’ m sorry if its a dumb question, prayers,prayers,prayers sent to you all.
Ryan’s eyes are always opened. They never shut and his blinks are incomplete. This is why he needed the tarsorrhaphy. You are exactly correct in that he is constantly trying to keep the eyes open, but this pulls against the stitches.
Cheryl Shields Askew via Facebook says
Praying that all goes well and letting you know that I’m here.. Hang in there Ken.. Love you Ryan!!!!!
Sorry to learn of the latest obstacle Ryan is facing. We will pray for him for successful procedure, and pray for you to keep you strong in the support you provide him. You are a wonderful Dad. Ryan is really blessed to have you as his father. God Bless you and we are praying for you.
Will Nier says
I am so sorry to read this news about Ryan. It makes me very angry. I will increase my prayer’s for Ryan.
I would love 10 minutes alone with Vantrese.
Hi Ken, what do you think might have happened to cause it to not work? I only ask in the hope the doctor can find a way to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Darn it. What a terrible strain this is for you, Ryan and really your whole family. So unfair!!!
I am praying this can be corrected smoothly and that the antibiotics won’t cause future problems. And also that it won’t be too painful for Ryan. I hate the thought of Ryan having to endure any additional suffering because of what those creeps did to him. The results of their hateful violence just go on and on.
Lord, please bless Ryan and the Diviney family today, and help them endure yet another trip to the hospital and another uncomfortable procedure. Help us all to do whatever we can to make the Diviney’s lives better in the midst of this stress and sorrow.
Ken, I am thinking about you and your family, and so very sorry you are constantly under this kind of stress. How you do it continues to inspire and amaze me, to the point of — I keep asking myself how you do it; how did you get to be so strong or were you always this way — and this smart and this tenacious.
Still asking God for healing, mercy, grace and peace. The hope and love we have for Ryan and your family contiues to drive us all to keep finding ways to help.
Love,hugs, prayers still happening in the day and in the night
I think the Ryan is fighting his eyes being partially shut. This time around he’ll get the stitches reinforce with a plastic-type of liner around them.
Carla Liberty says
I’m at a loss for words today. I’m saddened, and I’m angry at the same time. I hope that this post makes its way to AVT’s parole hearing. In fact….I think all of us should copy/paste it and fax/email it to the Parole Board. Can I get an amen?
Teresa Mitchell says
Linda moore says
Carla, what is the email address of the parole board, I’d be happy to copy/paste and send.
Will Nier says
sorry to hear this……keep us updated.
Gail Doyle says
Ken, So sorry Ryan will have to go through this again and you and Sue too. Hoping for the best outcome with the least amount of pain and bruising.Here for you all always and will be thinking of you .
Team Diviney is here to help see Ryan through yet another obstacle. Lots of love and prayers are being sent your way today, as always. Ryan is more than a conqueror, and so are his amazing parents <3
I’m not easily imeessrpd but you’ve done it with that posting.
Lorraine Lundqvist via Facebook says
That’s horrible. It is so incredibly scary, the resistance to antibiotics. Thinking about you all.
So very sorry to read this, Ken. We were wondering how the healing was progressing. If there is a slightly bright side, I suppose it is that it is one eye, not both.
Always thinking of you, your family and those nice pets who are always there for you, too. Love and prayers.