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Journal entry by John & Michele Maloney

We are facing many, many hard choices right now and they all are being made in real-time. It sounds like Ry will move from ICU (probably Friday) to another floor here at New Jersey Medical Center, then soon after that (probably Monday) he'll relocate to to an acute rehab center. Our big decision was around which rehab facility to choose and we have decided to go with Kessler in West Orange, NJ. We know it’s in NJ and that means we won't be coming home, but it’s the best for spinal cord injuries (top 5 in the country), and we are not settling. Superman (Christopher Reeves) went to Kessler for treatment! Ry is our Superman so he gets the best too, right? That has some implications for home we need to work through, but we’ll figure that out soon. As long as all five of us are together here, we are "home".
Ry's roommates took bags and bins back to his apartment to move him out.  God, that was hard. He absolutely LOVED his time in New York and really enjoyed the friends he made and experiences he had at Credit Suisse. 
We don’t know how long his road to recovery will be. Every person is different. He’ll get there, there’s no doubt in my mind of that- it’s just when. KEEP PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE!!

Journal entry by John & Michele Maloney

7-9-19 
Today was very positive and productive!
1) He got a pull up bar installed over his bed to start lifting himself up (he can lift about an inch off his back now, but he’ll get there. He’s SO determined!) 2) His blood work remained clear so the frequent blood tests have stopped. 3) The nurse made a comment about me feeding him-- she said he should be doing it. Right after she said it he said, "Are you chirping me?", gave her a look, and grabbed his own cup of water. 4) He is doing a LOT of PT- well over the recommended amount. 5) He asked our doctor friend a bunch of questions about his situation-- he asked how long he’ll be in a neck brace (approx 3 mos) and how much will he be able to move his neck afterwards (probably 80%), Tough to hear, but realistic. 

Journal entry by John & Michele Maloney

Monday Update #2:
Today's Positives:
PT on his arms/legs has begun and Ry loves having John (son) as his personal physical therapist coach on the side. Megs has her personal mission too- she’s the official breathing helper, assisting Ry with his respiratory PT.
Today’s Challenge: the chest tube went back in because his lung was collapsing again. They added other interventions to fix the issue, plus Ry is working relentlessly on it. We’re staying positive. We’re only 68 hrs in—spinal shock lasts for right around 72 hrs. It’s still really early. 

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Journal entry by John & Michele Maloney

Monday, 7-8-19 update: 
Some positive things are happening today! His chest tube is coming out because there’s no sign of leakage. The incision drain is being removed from his back too which will alleviate some pain.
He's also able to eat a variety of food now, but when the hospital pork tenderloin and sweet potatoes 😳came in on a hospital tray, he enjoyed our friend’s homemade chicken noodle soup instead!! 

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Journal entry by John & Michele Maloney

Today’s update is small but positive:  he passed the swallow test so he can FINALLY eat real food!! (We all know how Ry likes his food!) He’s had applesauce & tomato soup so far and is psyched to not be living on ice chips alone. All his buddies and their families are here with him and they've been laughing and keeping his spirits up. This is going to be a long long road. Not sure what tomorrow holds but we’ll keep praying!

 

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Journal entry by John & Michele Maloney

Update #2:
Our spinal surgeon, Dr Jethwa just texted me this and Ryan has only been back in the room for 20 mins: I looked at the MRI, looks like what I expected. Alignment looks great and there is no longer any pressure on the spinal cord. There seems to be a cord contusion (like a bruise on the spinal cord) in the front part which is the part that controls movement. That bruising is causing some swelling. Over time that swelling will go down and let’s pray that his leg movement comes back as well when the swelling has gone down and the cord has healed.

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Journal entry by John & Michele Maloney

7-6-19
Ryan suffered a spinal cord injury on Friday night 7/5 while enjoying time with his friends at the Jersey Shore. He was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center and received emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord and realign the C6 and C7 vertebrae.The medical diagnosis is a bilateral C6-7 facet dislocation of his cervical spine with an incomplete spinal cord injury.  Since then, Ryan has had no movement in his legs, but has maintained  sensation below his waist. As you can imagine, we are all beyond devastated. Our family just has not been able to catch a break lately. Though it pains me to put into words, I hope to use this site as a way to keep everyone updated at once because although all the texts and calls are incredible, it's really difficult to keep up with the communication. I truly believe he has the best team of doctors working on him. It's just a waiting game now. Please keep Ry in your thoughts and pray for his recovery.
Michele
 

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