We hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! Usually I’m very excited for the weekend to come, but here everyday is pretty much the same. Today is day 3 and according to the surgeon it’s a critical day for a patient after getting a lung removed. The blood flow between the heart and lungs change when a lung is gone and it takes a while for the body to adjust to these changes. So far the day has gone as well as expected. He is in some pain, but it’s manageable. They have removed his saline drip and he is able to eat and drink whatever he wants. He still has 2 IV’s, but he isn’t hooked up to anything. They are just there in case of an emergency. He still has an epidural, but they are planning to remove it tomorrow if his pain is under control. We haven’t heard when his catheter will be taken out. Since yesterday he hasn’t been using any oxygen and his levels are great most of the time. When he’s up walking around he doesn’t need it at all, but when he sits down or sleeps it sometimes drops. It doesn’t take long for it to come back within range though. It’s pretty amazing how the body can become accustom to only 1 lung. They also removed the dressing over his incision today. While no one wants to have a scar like that or be cut open, the surgeon did a great job of stitching him back up. They used the same incision as they did for the previous surgery and it’s only extended a few centimeters. The hole where his chest tube was is also healing nicely.
The surgical team came in this afternoon and thought Ryan was healing very well. If his pain continues the way it is, he will have the epidural out tomorrow along with the catheter. The are estimating that he should be out of the hospital on Monday! He also asked about home oxygen and the Doctor said he wouldn’t need oxygen at home. Ryan told them his levels drop to 89 at night when he sleeps and they weren’t concerned.
Yesterday I attended a class all about taking care of a loved one at home after a thoracotomy. I learned how to deal with the incision and chest tube sights and activities the patient is allowed to do and when. Even though I’ve been through this before, it was very informative.
Yesterday evening Ryan had me put my ear close to his chest on the side without a lung. He coughed a little and it sounded like a water bed! It was so crazy. You could hear it and feel it and he said he could feel it slosh around too.
The boys and I are starting to get used to our routine here. Last night Logan was up once in the night, but I can definitely live with that! Both boys usually sleep until 8:00 and after I shower and get ready we head to breakfast. I feed Logan before my Dad and I head over to the hospital. It’s about a 15 minute walk. My Mom puts Logan down for his nap and after he wakes up they walk over to the hospital so I can feed him again and Landon loves to get out and walk around. Today the boys came up to see Ryan! Landon is always asking where Daddy is so I was very excited that Ryan was ready for them today. I took an adorable picture of the 3 of them. There is a beautiful spot at the top of the hospital where you can look out over the city, so Landon and Ryan walked around up there and we took Landon to the indoor park. It was so nice to feel like a family again. Landon is such a trooper and was only a little leery at first just because of Ryan’s IV pole. Ryan talked to him about it and then he was totally fine. Ryan’s voice is a little scratchy still, so Ryan asked Landon if his voice sounded a little funny. Landon said, “Yes, Daddy’s voice sounds funny!” And then laughed about it. He’s such a funny little guy.
If anything significant happens or changes today I’ll keep you updated and if you don’t hear from me, take that as a good sign! Thank you for following our journey and keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate it so much!