Happy Friday everyone! I’ll start by giving an update on Ryan’s healing. Yesterday afternoon they pulled out his chest tube. I actually got to watch this time, whereas during his last surgery I missed them pulling out both chest tubes. It was amazing to watch. While I wish more then anything I didn’t have to watch my husband go through this, it’s fascinating how large the tube is and that it’s able to drain the fluid from where his lung used to be. Last night they had his pain under control so he had a decent night. Today is the same. Of course he is in pain, but so far it hasn’t spiked like it did the previous day. I believe having the chest tube out has given him a little relief. His voice is also a little better today. He has been very hoarse since the surgery.
He will have a couple tests done in the next few days. Today a speech therapist will do a barium swallow test. This will make sure food and liquids go down his esophagus and not into his lung. So far he hasn’t been cleared to eat anything. He will also do some bladder training in the next few days. He has a catheter in and one the drugs he gets can cause the bladder muscle to weaken. We also found out that depending on how his oxygen levels are, he may need oxygen on the way home. His remaining lung should begin to compensate, but it can take a while.
Dr. Swisher (surgeon) came in today to check on Ryan and he said everything was going good. He told us that day 3 is the critical day for a patient after a lung is removed. Tomorrow will be day 3, so say extra prayers that everything will continue to improve like it has been.
I also have great news unrelated to Ryan. For the last 2 nights Logan has slept 10 hours straight! With all the stress going on, he must have known I needed my rest. It’s very weird not to be up in the night since I have been up multiple times for the last 9 months. Both boys are doing so great with everything. They just go with the flow, even on less sleep then they are used to. We are so lucky to have such sweet boys.
We hope everyone has a great weekend and please continue all the thoughts and prayers for Ryan. I will update again tomorrow.