Friday, December 19, 2008

Looking for answers...

That's what Ryan will be doing today as he heads back to Georgetown University Hospital. You might remember that when Ryan woke up from his bone marrow harvest he was in excruciating pain. All the doctor's and nurses were extremely surprised by this because it isn't normal. Everyone just thought Ryan had a cramp in his leg from being in an awkward position for so long. Six weeks later we have learned that the "cramp" is actually some nerve damage. At this point we think that they nicked a nerve during the procedure or that there is inflamation around a nerve that is pressing on the nerve causing problems. Ryan has been in constant pain for the last six weeks. He's a pretty tough guy but this is wearing on him. It's bearable but very uncomfortable and unfortunately pain killers have become Ryan's best friend.

He had an ultrasound done a few weeks ago to make sure that he didn't have a blood clot and he also saw our regular family physician. When the doctor did the reflex test on Ryan's knee (hit it with that little hammer) his right and left foot popped up just like it should. When they did that same test around his ankle (they hit his Achilles tendon) his right foot popped up and his left foot didn't move. That means there is a nerve problem in that left leg. Our hope it that there is just some inflamation around the nerve causing the pain. We are also hoping that some consistent physical therapy will take care of the problem. We just really need some answers from the experts today!

So would you just please pray that the doctor's will have wisdom and be able to give us some definitive answers? And please pray that they don't find anything majorly wrong that can't be fixed. I'll let you know how things turn out! Thanks for praying!

5 comments:

Aggiema (Michelle) said...

I will certainly pray that they find the problem and correct it quickly so that Ryan will be out of pain and able to enjoy all things.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Ryan has been in pain all this time. We will be praying. Anna

Katy said...

I'm glad he's going to get some answers today. I'm sure that after trying to deal with the pain for this long, it's got to be quite frustrating for him. We will be praying for clear answers, quick healing, and a good plan of direction to follow.

the*4*of*us said...

How frustrating. I'll say a prayer for him today--and let us know what happens!

Sarah said...

Praying for those answers... hopefully they can do something like cortizine shots and get rid of the inflamation fast!I had six damaged nerves after my first accident and had to have them burned away--- nerve damage is painful and drianing over time. (They only burned they because I am allergic to cortizine and couldn't risk the shots). . I pray he is ablte to find releif and rest and freedom from pain meds.