Yesterday evening it was determined that Ryan was not recovering as expected. His kidneys and bladder were in distress and on the brink of catastrophic failure. Surgery was the only option and Ryan was given priority to be taken to the operating room. In fact, he was the first one in at seven o’clock this morning.
The procedure, in itself, is not risky. Essentially, a hole will be made through his abdomen and directly into his bladder. A tube (catheter) will be inserted that will drain his urine; called a Suprapubic Catheter (or SPC, for short). After initial placement today it will need to be replaced monthly and demands persistent hygiene care (irrigation flushes every other day, topical site care, and so on).
For Ryan, sadly, this will be permanent.
As I am writing this Sue and I are sitting in the Surgery Waiting Room. The surgeon just came out to tell us that everything went as planned and Ryan will be in recovery for about an hour. Afterward, he’ll be taken back up to his room to stay until he is well enough to return home… likely a minimum of 2 days, but that’s just an educated guess on my part.
Your support throughout Ryan’s latest struggle has held me up and, by extension, Ryan as well. Please know there were (so damned many) times I could feel my strength and will begin to falter, but I leaned on you. I found comfort in your comments on social media. Truth is, I keep Ryan’s Facebook Fan Page constantly open, reading each out loud to Ryan as they popped up.
I simply can never thank you enough.
I’ve said this often — especially over the past several days— but I can’t say it enough… thank you for keeping Ryan relevant. It carries the highest importance for him (and me). Thank you for supporting the documentary, Storming: The Ryan Diviney Story, being produced about him by watching the film’s promotional trailer. Above even this, thank you for SHARING the footage! If you haven’t watched it already, please take a moment of time. Share it to your social media directly from the trailer’s website (it’s as easy as a mouse-click to share to Facebook and/or Twitter). If you have already, thank you, but I’m asking you to do it again. Your help in publicizing (i.e., sharing) this film’s production will #KeepRyanRelevant indefinitely. Let’s get the word out to the world!
Here’s the direct link to the film’s website: Storming: The Ryan Diviney Story
With all that is happening — my family’s world in chaos — I promise all of you caring people that I will keep you up-to-date on Ryan’s (hopeful) recovery. I need you. I never want to lose all you’ve given to Ryan and my family. Words fall short of what it means it us.
Without you we never would have made it this far.
All my love, Ken