Good afternoon everyone! I was hoping to never be in the position of guest blogging again, but not quite 2 years later here we are. First, I want to thank everyone for all the emails, texts, and phone call and prayers for both Ryan and I. It has kept my mind occupied during the very long wait today. When he is able, Ryan will love reading all the emails and texts on his phone. All the support and prayers mean so much to us!
Today started off bright and early. We were out the door at 4:45am for the walk to the hospital with surgery check in at 5:15. It was a very long and tough walk for me thinking about all that Ryan has to endure today. On one hand I’m so thankful surgery is an option for him, but I also feel helpless he has to go through yet another major surgery. He checked in and was immediately sent to a pre-op room to fill out more paperwork, meet with OR nurses, and anesthesia. They checked all of his vitals and inserted an IV. I was very impressed with his blood pressure! If I was about to have surgery on my brain, my blood pressure would have been very high! Everything was finished up a little after 7:00am and they wheeled him out of the room and down to surgery.
At 10:00am we received the update that surgery began at 8:25am. They had just made the incision and were still entering the brain. No tumor excision had started yet, but Ryan’s vitals looked great! They figured the surgery would take 6.5 hours.
At 12:00pm we were told the tumor was out and they were working to close him up. His vitals still looked great and Dr. Lang would be up to speak with us in an hour or so.
A little after 2:00pm, Dr. Lang came up to update us on how the surgery went. He said it went as well as expected and he was very pleased. He was able to remove the tumor in one piece. Ryan was moved to the ICU and I was able to go in and see him! He was awake and able to talk. I can’t begin to say how relieved I am!!! Its been a very long day of waiting and it feels like 100 lbs has been lifted off my shoulders. I will update again today if anything significant happens. If not I plan to update once a day to let everyone know how his recovery is going.
Thank you again for all the messages, prayers, and support! We appreciate it more than you could ever know.