Good afternoon family and friends. It’s Andrea, your guest blogger for the week. I will warn you that I’m not a great writer, so don’t be expecting writing even close to Ryan’s. He is amazing and I have no idea how he does it!
First, I want to thank everyone for the emails, phone, calls and texts yesterday and today. It’s lifted both of our spirits during these tough days.
We made it to the hospital at 6:00 am this morning. It was a very tough morning for both of us. The walk to the hospital was just about unbearable. I can’t tell you exactly how Ryan was feeling, but I can tell you that my blood pressure had to be off the charts. I had so many flashbacks of his surgery 2.5 years ago. I don’t think Ryan remembers the first few hours and days after surgery, but I sure do. I remember every detail like it was yesterday and that has been the hardest part for me. To watch someone you love go through so much pain. I put myself in his shoes and I don’t know how he was even able to walk here. I know the risks of this surgery and Ryan always tells me that I need to be prepared for the worst and be realistic, but the only way I can function is to be positive. I know his surgery will go well and I know he will make it through. For me there just aren’t any other options. It may not be the best way to cope, but that’s what I do.
It’s 11:30 am and we got word that Ryan is out of surgery and everything went well! The surgery was suppose to last 3-4 hours, but it ended up only being about 2 hours. Thank goodness in this case that was a good sign! The surgeon was able to take out the whole tumor and get good margins. The largest tumor was attached to the pericardium (outer covering of his heart), so that was also removed. He was also able to remove all the lymph nodes in the mediastinal area and said that none looked enlarged, which is a great sign! They will be sent to pathology though. He is now in recovery and hopefully in a couple hours he will be out and I will be able to see him. The were able to remove the breathing tube, so he won’t have to be moved to the ICU. We also just got word that I will be able to see him in about an hour. Ryan will also be very happy to know that they followed his wishes and took a picture of the tumor and lung.
Thank you all for the kind words and prayers today! I feel like I can breathe again. I will keep the blog updated today if there is anymore significant news. If not, I’ll post in a couple days as to how his recovery is going.