Nov 25, 2019 Latest post:
Jan 15, 2020
In an attempt to give our family and friends correct information on Ryan, we have created this caring bridge site to manage updates. Knowing that many of our family appreciate real time updates, there may be posts at odd hours of the day or night for the time being. Here is the backstory... On Ryan's birthday, November 13th, he started to feel under the weather. He developed a cough and a fever that lasted a few days. On November 19th, he began running a fever again. He saw his pediatrician on November 20th, and was placed on antibiotics for pneumonia. By Friday, the 21st, he was still running a fever, and we brought him to the Emergency Room at Randall Children's Hospital. Upon arriving, his oxygen saturation levels were at 80%. At the time of admission to the PICU, he was requiring 15 Liters of 100% oxygen to keep his saturation levels over 82%. For you non-medical people.... that's a lot of oxygen! Ryan was afraid, and combative, so, he was given medicine to keep him sleeping so that he would allow the oxygen mask to be near his face. Despite the sedation, he would wake up enough to pull the mask away, and his oxygen levels would go down to 70%. The decision was made to intubate him. He was given additional medicine to further sedate him, but, he continued to break through the sedation during the night, and became combative every time. Many things have happened since then, but, the bottom line is that he does have pneumonia.They are treating it with antibiotics, but, his system is having an abnormal inflammatory response to the bacteria, and he is requiring a lot of support as his body works through this. His current state is heavily sedated for his safety, and they are monitoring all of his body systems. He is intubated, and will be for some time to come. They were able to place a PICC line for good access for medications and blood draws, and he has a chest tube that is draining fluid away from his lungs. His vital signs are very sensitive to even the smallest changes in medication or stimulus. He has a very long road to recovery, and we appreciate your prayers. We very much appreciate all of the offers to help that we have had. It can be a little overwhelming to manage these. Right now, I (Heidi) am staying full time at the hospital with Ryan, and Jon is attempting to work, shuffle the other home responsibilities, as well as use precious dry, daylight hours to put up a pole barn before winter really sets in. (side note on the pole barn... We are building a house, and have been living in our travel trailer the past 8 months, so, a pole barn is a necessity before winter). Our travel trailer has very limited refrigerator and freezer space, so, home cooked meals are really not a good option for us at the moment. Uber eats and gift cards to local, Estacada/Sandy area restaurants work well if you are so inclined to help us in that way. Current prayer requests: That Ryan's body will be completely healed, for him to be at peace, and his body to be able to rest. Pray that worried family can also manage to sleep. Pray also that my work is able to allow my fellow coworkers to donate paid time off, as I do not have vacation or sick time available at the moment.