Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/23/17 Belated

Couldn’t post last night, because my computer was updating, and it was taking forever. Well, not forever. That would be a long time. Would it be time at all? No, there is no time in forever…

Anyway, Ryan did well yesterday. Only had to supplement his O2 a couple of times. I haven’t heard the machine go on today, so I’m assuming (I know, I know. What happens when one assumes?) he hasn’t needed any…we’re praying. It’s not a bad thing to give supplemental O2. In fact, it may be a good thing every once in a while. It’s just that the machine is so annoyingly loud and cumbersome. Whatever the boy needs, though…

So, today is a beautiful fall day. Sun is shining and it’s about 75 degrees out. I think we’ll watch a little football outside, cause it’s too nice to stay indoors.

We hope and pray y’all have a beautiful day on purpose! Do not pass up enjoying even a single moment…they only come around once…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/22/17

Whew, it’s been a loooonnnnngggggg week. Ryan’s been on room air for the better part of the day. His sat is still on the lower side, but within acceptable margins. Hopefully tomorrow he’ll be completely back to normal. But, we aren’t going to push him. We’ll let him recover in his own time. Speaking of in His time: God makes all things beautiful in His time…

So, if anybody needs me, I’ll be hibernating until Christmas…only 94 days more ’til then…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/21/17

Thank you all! Your prayers are working for Ryan, as he continues to get back to normal (his normal). He had a doctor’s appointment today at around 2 P.M., and has been off of supplemental O2 since, and is satting well. His temp and pulse rate are approaching normal as well. Praise God for giving someone/s the brains to figure out antibiotics and other modern medicines. Please continue to pray for his full recovery from this, as well as the thing we’ve been praying for all these years…

And, while you’re at it, please pray for the less fortunate people in the world who don’t have access to the medicines they need. And, pray for God’s mercy and grace upon them…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/20/17

Ryan’s doing much better today, but still has a little bit to go. His temp fluctuates between normal and low-grade, and he’s still got to be supplemented with O2. I did take him off for a few hours today, and for those few hours he did well. Then the sat got lower, so I had to put him back on O2. I’ll try eliminating the O2 sup for a longer period of time tomorrow. Hopefully, he’ll do even better than he did today…

He’s dozing off to sleep now. His eye lids are getting heavy. It’s funny; he still does this thing he did when he was a baby. Although he was exhausted, he always fought going to sleep while I was watching him. I would have to close my eyes and be very still for several minutes before he would finally close his eyes for good. Even then, I’d have to crack my lids open just enough to see if he was asleep. If I opened my eyes to quickly, he would hear my lids open (I don’t know how he could hear them) and he’d open his eyes again. So, I’d then have to close my eyes again for an even longer period in order to finally get him to sleep for good. He still does this today. In fact, he’s doing it right now. He sees me typing, so he refuses to go to sleep. He never wants to miss a thing…

That’s actually an excellent trait; not wanting to miss a thing. He’s observant, picking up on even the smallest details; physically, materially and emotionally. He’s sensitive towards others; sensing when something’s not right, and is willing to reach out to anyone in need of an understanding ear. That’s why he’s got so many friends. And, what terrific friends they are…

Well, I’m going to stop now so Ryan can get some sleep. He needs all the rest he can get to continue fighting…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/19/17

Ryan’s vitals are not quite stable yet. Hopefully, the antibiotics will work, because I really don’t want to have to take him back to the hospital. He’s needing to be supplemented with O2; something he hasn’t had to have for the past several years. And, even though he’s on it, his sat level is still lower than what is expected. Despite this, he looks good. NOTE: He was sleeping with a smile on his face a moment ago, but when I went to take a picture to post, he made a scrunchy (yes, scrunchy is a word…maybe) face and woke up. Bummer!

No sooner did I finish putting the exclamation point after the word “bummer”, Ryan started laughing. I swear the kid is messing with me. Wish I could’ve captured the moment on film. Oh well. It’s captured in my mind and heart…

Goodnight y’all. Sleep well…

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/19/17

Ryan started off well today, but his O2 sat level dropped toward the end of it. So, we put him on supplemental O2, which will bring it back up, but hope he can get back to room air soon. The machine noise takes some getting used to, and is not ideal, but you get used to it after a while. I just hope it doesn’t lull me to sleep tonight/this morning as I watch over him. Praise God for providing an O2 machine for Ryan! Without it, I’m afraid he’d be in a whole world of hurt.

Please pray for those who are in need of O2 supplement and don’t have it.

Ryan and I will be praying for y’all tonight…

On a lighter note:

“That moment when your steak is on the grill and your mouth begins to water…

I wonder if vegans feel the same way when mowing the lawn?”

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/17/17

I’m too tired to write anything, so I’ll plagiarize what Janine wrote on FB this evening…

“Ryan’s doing really well. So well in fact that he’ll be coming home this evening! Yay!! Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. He’ll still be on antibiotics when he gets home so pray that we don’t have to make a return visit!”

Well, we are actually home now. I’ll be watching Ryan beginning tonight and through Tuesday evening because we’re without a noc nurse at the moment. The one we had left for another job last Thursday. So, until we can get another one and/or we can jostle the schedule around, I’ll be working extra looooonnnnngggggg shifts. I’m not complaining though, because I get to spend more time with Ryan and it’s at home (knock on my wooden head). One major drawback , however, is that all of the years of beauty sleep I logged to get to be as beautifully handsome as I am, will all be gone within a matter of days…really seconds. Eh, who am I kidding? That train left the station years ago…

There’s a shortage of noc nurses out there. Please pray that we’ll (our agency) be able to find a good one for Ryan soon. Thank you…XOXO

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/16/17

Day 3 at the hospital: Well, Ryan looks and seemingly feels a lot better today. The antibiotics are doing their job, and hopefully will continue to do so. We’re cautiously optimistic that if he stays the course, he may be able to leave for home on Monday or Tuesday. That would be nice for him…and us as well…

So, we’re watching the Cal – Ole Miss game. It’s a very close game at the start of the 4th quarter; 17-16 Cal. Oh yay! A 12-men on the field penalty against OM and the Bears get a first down as a result. Woo Hoo! Go Bears!

But, Go Ryan even more!!

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/15/17

So, Ryan’s got the double-whammy going on. Turns out he has both a UTI and pneumonia which, most likely, will cause a few more day’s stay at the good old hospitality suite at Le Kaiser Permanente. Ahhhh, the luxury of it all. He’s now a diamond member which entitles him to limitless stays (holidays excluded), 2 free cafeteria entrees with the purchase of two soft drinks, medical assistance on demand, an extra bed pan and at least one happy nurse. Ooooo! I’m not even gonna ask what’s behind door number two…

All kidding aside, Ryan is having a rough time and could use an extra dose of prayer power. So please? Would y’all?

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/14/17

Well, we finally gave in and took Ryan to the hospital this afternoon. Yesterday, he seemed to be back to normal, but over the course of the rest of yesterday and into today, he started to decline (low-grade temp, low O2 sat and rapid pulse rate). So, once we get to the hospital, he’s not showing any of those symptoms; or at least they’re not as prominent. Chalk it up to Murphy’s Law: Whenever you experience a problem with your car, take it to a mechanic and it will stop. Then, once you drive away, it acts up again.

We will not be tricked by Ryan’s Tomfoolery this time, however. We had blood cultures and x-rays taken so we can figure out what’s really bothering him (there really is something bothering him). We’ll be staying at least overnight, and depending upon what his blood test results are, perhaps more days.

I love the sound of monitor bells, hissing O2 dispensers, overhead HVAC systems, nurse chatter, gurneys rolling and light knocks on the door. It’s enough white noise to put Ryan to sleep. Me on the other hand; there’ll be no need for coffee and/or methamphetamines tonight. I’m wide awake, thank you very much! Well, at least one of us gets to sleep. Too bad it’s not the ugly one. Sleep well my son. Sleep well.