Thank you for the kind words and well wishes surrounding Ryan’s ACL surgery yesterday. According to Ryan’s doctor, the surgery went well and Ryan is now hanging out on the couch with his knee elevated and Sadie by his side!
Ryan’s surgery wasn’t scheduled until 2:30 p.m. yesterday but the doctor asked us to be there two hours early for surgery prep and all that jazz. After we arrived, a nurse immediately escorted Ryan back to a room and I waited for about 20 minutes until they called me back to sit with him for a while.
When I walked into the room, Ryan was joking around with the nurses (one nurse is also pregnant with her first baby and she is due in June so we had a lot to chat about!) and I was happy to see him in good humor! I am so bad with anything medical and Ryan is always such a trooper in these kind of situations. (And yes, I did tuck Ryan’s hand with the IV in it underneath the blanket while I was in the room so it didn’t make me queasy. Wish me luck with childbirth!)
I’m so glad I was able to wait with Ryan because the two hours we spent together in that little room passed by quickly. Ryan felt a little spoiled because he was able to watch ESPN while we hung out which we don’t get at home since we don’t have cable!
I also told him to be sure to hang onto his snazzy hospital sticky socks in case he ever wants to join me for a Pure Barre class in the future…
I could tell Ryan’s nerves kicked in a bit as surgery time drew near, but he always kept his attitude upbeat and positive. A little after 3 p.m., we changed rooms and 20 minutes after that, the nurses were taking Ryan back for surgery. I kissed him and wished him good luck before heading into the waiting room to set up camp for a few hours.
Ryan’s surgery ended up taking a little longer than expected, but there weren’t any complications and when the doctor came out to chat with me around 5:45 p.m., he said everything went very well! That’s all I needed to hear to feel a lovely sense of relief!
A nurse then brought me back to see Ryan and I found him wide awake, sipping on his second can of ginger ale. He was doing well but experiencing some pain in his hamstring which was to be expected since his surgeon used grafted tissue from his hamstring tendon to repair his right ACL. They gave him some oral pain medication and took us through a long “what happens next” list. And then we were on our way!
I took Ryan home and got him set up on the couch and it took Sadie all of 2.5 seconds to join him for some cuddles.
While she kept him company, I headed out to get his prescriptions filled around 7:30 p.m. Once I made it back home, Ryan said he was ready for the little surprise treat I told him I picked up earlier that morning.
The mini bundt cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes are so, so delicious and I bought a small lemon cake for Ryan as a post-surgery pick-me-up.
And now the main focus is recovery! Ryan is not supposed to put any weight on his right leg for 48 hours and has his first appointment with a physical therapist on Friday afternoon. I’m doing my best to be as helpful as I can since he isn’t exactly mobile at the moment and am proud of how great he’s been doing so far! I know this isn’t an easy surgery and that the recovery can be quite long, so if those of you out there who have been through something similar have any words of wisdom to share, we’re all ears.
Thanks again for your thoughtful words and kind wishes!
Now I’m off to the gym to teach but home to be back to check in on Ryan around lunchtime today. Have a good one!