Good morning everyone and happy Monday! We hope you are having a great start to the week and we are hoping the rest of our week goes smoothly.
After they took the epidural out yesterday Ryan was feeling good. It was great to be able to walk around with him and no IV pole. The boys came up in the afternoon for a visit. We walked around and had some lunch. The boys left, so Ryan and I went on a walk then back to his room. Around 4:00 pm he started to feel the affects of the epidural wearing off. In his words, “It feels like I’ve been run over by a truck.” He was in pain and was very tired. They tried putting an IV in just in case he needed some IV pain meds, but after 3 tries they finally gave up. I left about 5:30 pm to feed the boys, get them a bath, and put them to bed. Ryan was sleeping when I left. Later in the evening they ended up accessing his port in case he needed the pain medication. He had a pretty good night though and never needed the IV medication. He has also been running a low grade fever, but they aren’t worried unless it gets up to 101 degrees. Ryan’s voice is still very scratchy. His voice could be like this for up to 6 weeks. At his follow up appointment in a month, he will get his vocal cords checked and may need an injection if they aren’t better.
Both boys woke up late today, so I got to hospital around 10:00 am just in time for the discharge nurse to come in. She gave us our instructions for home care and before she was finished Dr. Swisher (surgeon) came in. He thought Ryan was healing well and could go home today. He told us few things to look for: shortness of breath, coughing up fluid, or spiking a fever. Those are the major things that would send Ryan to the Emergency Room at home. Ryan also has a bulge of fluid above his incision. The Doctor said the fluid is from his now empty lung cavity, but it should decrease soon. It’s very strange looking and of course we took a picture of it! Right now we are just waiting for word that he can leave. We have a couple prescriptions to pick up on the way out then we’ll be heading to the hotel for the rest of the day. If everything goes well, we will be flying home tomorrow.
I can’t wait to be back in our own home! Although I will miss someone cleaning for me and not having to cooking dinner. I know Ryan will be much more comfortable at home and I’m anxious to get the boys back in their normal environment. Poor Logan had to deal with a new place and getting his first 2 teeth!
I’m sure Ryan will be back writing soon, but I’ll try and keep everyone updated until then. Thank you for all the comments and well wishes. We both enjoy reading them so much! Wish us luck on our travels back home.