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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ryan's heart

This is going to be quick.

They got the results on the MRI for Ryan's heart. It does not look like a blood clot though we really want it to be because that would be best case scenario. just talked to cardiologist and they say it is most likely a tumor. They told me they have never seen anything like this before. In this particular spot of the heart nor this type of mass. He said he did some research and he has never heard of this situation ever before...

Tomorrow they will do open heart surgery. Ryan has had mini strokes in the last two days. They have affected his memory. His short term memory is no longer exisitent- but they hope that will change over time. One of the strokes was in the memory part of the brain.

The risks of this surgery is causing more damage to the brain because they have to use a blood thinner to do the surgery. Using a blood thinner may cause the spots in his brain that suffered during his mini strokes to become worse and perhaps permanant. So possible brain damage.

There are also the risks of bleeding and infection.

Tomorrow I will start to process of applying for disability.. and maybe finding a job for the meantime.

Recovery in the meantime can take 1-6 months they said. If all goes well. It may take him that long to get his memory back. We are hoping it doesn't... I hope we dont have to live on disability for that long.

Thank you for fasting and praying for us. We all feel your prayers. I appreciate your service. I know I may be needing to lean on you the next while and I appreciate your willingness.
Please don't ask me how I am. I'm just trying to handle this- but youre welcome to ask how ryan is say "whats up?" :) I can't handle "how are you?" right now. I'm not good.

Surgery will be tomorrow. I don't know when we will know whether or not there will be brain damage.

If the tumor is cancerous they will remove part of the heart. If not... yay! They will still remove the tumor.

Please keep your prayers coming.

Sorry for my spelling.. spell check doesn't work at the hospital. :) I'm not smart right nwo.

15 comments:

Jeff Savage said...

Tiff and Ryan, we love you and you are in our prayers.

Erik and Katherine said...

Tiffany,
I know you've heard this from everyone else but you are in our prayers too. If you need anything or help with Jayden, let me know, I'm more than willing to help. Also, whenever he gets to come home and you might need nursing help, I'm available!

Shane and Linda said...

Please know that we love you and are praying for you and Ryan!

Amy said...

Amen to everyone else, so many people are so concerned - you're in our prayers!

Gina said...

We're fasting and praying for you guys too.

Malerie Walker said...

we love you guys.
many more prayers coming your way right now!

Tricia said...

I just wished we lived closer to help. Our family's prayers are with you all.

Jackie said...

Thanks for the update. Hard to believe all of this has happened so fast. We're praying hard for a quick recovery and for comfort for you and Jayden. You're a strong woman and can handle this.

Clement Clan said...

Sweet Tiff, we love you and are fasting also.

Andi and Jimmy said...

prayers your way...

Brady and Gretchen said...

We love you guys. Our continued prayers are with you and Ryan and Baby J.

Rachel said...

Hey Tiffany, I work for a company that outsources benefits and every year during our Open Enrollment period (right now through the beginning of the year) we bring on A LOT of temps in our call center to answer questions people have about benefits. I talked to the person in charge of finding the temps and she says she still has a few spots and if you want you could send her a resume. Give me a call if you are interested and I can give you more information. I hope everything is going ok today. We love you and are praying for you!

Stephenson and Katie said...

Love you guys, you're constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

Jed and Sabrina said...

We're praying for your family. I will be in town all next week and would love to come help in any way that I can. Clean your home, prepare you some dinners you can freeze, take Jayden for a day or two...whatever you need seriously Tiffany, please accept my offer to help, its the least I can do!
Call me 8015482751

Anonymous said...

Dear Tiff,

Your cousins in California LOVE YOU guys very much. Your man is being watched over by hundreds of our Family Angels (grandmas, grandpas, uncle, and more) and all you need to do is keep your faith and put one foot in front of the other in each moment.

I will fly out for any weekend if it would be helpful. Ryan will be stronger for this experience, as will your love for him.

Love Always,

Cousin Teresa and family