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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Update on Ryan + edit

I have been wondering if I should blog about this... It wasn't something I really wanted to do but at this point I know there have been a lot of unanswered phone calls, texts and emails. I apologize for that. It has been hard to keep on top of it. And for that I truly am grateful. Thank you so much for your love and support. Knowing you have family and friends who love you and are praying for you makes any trial bearable.
This is the latest:
Monday morning Ryan came home from work sick. He had a fever. I gave him some Tylenol and sent him upstairs. Almost 24 hours later he still had not gotten out of bed and had not eaten anything. I brought him up some toast and demanded he eat. I put Jayden down for a nap.. switched the laundry and heard a big thump from upstairs.
I assumed at the time that some furniture had fallen over. After going upstairs I saw Ryan was no longer in bed. I checked the bathroom to see if he had fallen and he wasn't thre either. Finally I looked in Jayden's room where Ryan was laying on the floor half naked. He had just collapsed. I asked him what he was doing and he said "going to the party" I asked him who I was and if he knew where he was. He didnt. I called 911 and they arrived shortly.
Ryan was completely delusional. At the hospital he couldn't remember my name. He mentally was not there. he would say rubberish. It was really hard. His fever was 103-104. His blood pressure low. His pulse high. They started sooo many tests. Spinal tap, CT Scan, chest xray... they did not know what was going on. After the CT scan they determined he had an infection in the brain and started him on antibiotics. Ryan stayed delusional and confused throughout the night.
Today it was determined that the infection may actually be coming from the blood. They scheduled and MRI and also ordered an EKG (Something to sort of view the heart). After the EKG it was determined Ryan has an abnormality in his heart. They don't know if it's a tumor or a blood clot. They can't do an MRI until tomorrow. If it's a blood clot they can't give him blood thinners until they kill the infection. But they still are not 100% sure what the infection is.
Right now if he has a blood clot he is at a high risk for a stroke. We are praying the blood clot doesn't go to his brain. If it does he will have a stroke. Unfortunately it cannot be treated until they are able to figure out what it is.
So to be honest I don't know what it is. And I don't know what or if we need anything. I think it is good news that we now that there is an abnormality in the heart and I hope and think it's something treatable.
We should have answers tomorrow when they are able to do an MRI on the heart. From that point I'm not sure what will happen. It depends on the news.
Ryan is doing well. When he gets a fever (Which is happening pretty often) he turns into a crazy. Living in alternate realities. He is still sarcastic though so I know HE is still there... somewhere :) So sometimes he'll be completely with you... and then he'll be gone... but it's a big improvement from last night.
Thank you so much for your prayers.. your love. your support.
I think everything is going to be okay. I know we'll be able to handle whatever this throws at us. I will try to keep this updated.. but depending on the outcome it may take a while.
Thank you again. For those I haven't responded to yet I am really sorry. I will try to make contact soon.

**edit**
Sorry I meant to answer a few questions:

*Ryan is at UofU Hospital. He is the the NCCU (Neurological Critical Care Unit). Because it's critical care he cannot have visitors. Not even Jayden can see him :( (Only immediate family but nobody under 10)

*I was just with him around midnight and he was very alert with his fever down. His short term memory is shot can't remember anything past 3-4 months ago. Still thinks it's June. He has a nurse who is monitoring him in his room the whole night. If the blood clot seperates and goes to the brain.. bad news.

*I have informed his work- and they have been willing to work with us even though Ryan gave his two weeks already! Yipes! If there is an infection in the blood it's due to a cut he got at work which means workers comp... Wouldn't that be nice?

*Jayden is doing well. He hasn't seemed to notice. My mom is watching him in the mornings and I have had friends come over (Thank you!) tonight to watch him while I was in the hospital. I may need some additional help depending on how long Ryan is in the hospital.. and whether or not they will ever let Jayden see him. Thank you for the offers.

*My diabetes has been okay. Not really GREAT. The stress has been kind of knocking my numbers everywhere- but I'm not too worried about it. I think it'll be just fine.

26 comments:

Nikki Taylor said...

Oh my gosh...I am so sorry and can't imagine how scary this has been for you guys. You two are so strong and amazing I know you will get through this. But wow. Please let me know if I can do ANYTHING for you. My prayers and thoughts are with you guys.

tracylayne said...

We love you guys are we are praying our little hearts out for you!! Actually I think all of Foxboro is doing that... keep us updated.

C&CSant said...

Sorry on your facebook I wrote so what is going on or something? I didn't realize there was more here. Tiff- I am SO SO sorry! We are just about to start the fast. YOU are so positive and we will keep praying and thinking about you!!

Malerie Walker said...

Oh my goodness!! I am so sorry! When it rains, it pours! :( You guys will be in our prayers, i hope you can keep us updated via blog as well... when you have time to, of course! I know i would have been freaking out if i would have seen the ambulance show up! Hang in there, if you need anything, even a meal made... PLEASE don't hesitate to ask! I would drive any length of miles to help out in any way i can! Hang in there! I hope you get some more answers soon!

Shane and Linda said...

Hang in there Tiff! We are all fasting and praying for you! Please let me know if I can help with anything!

Kristen and Tyson Cramer said...

Tiffany, I am so sorry to hear about this! Our prayers are with you. Please let me know if you need anything... Provo really isn't that far away.

Amy said...

You are in our prayers, and please let us know if there is anything we can do! That's what we're here for.

Rachel said...

We are thinking of and praying for you. You are so strong. We love you.

Marianne said...

We love you so much, Tiff! Hang in there and remember to take care of yourself. If you need someone to come stay at your house with Jayden at night I am totally willing to come and sleep on your couch. You are in our prayers!

Ariel said...

We'll watch Jayden any time! Just call me. I hope you get some good news today.

Tammi said...

So sorry Tiffany. We are right down the street it you need to drop Jayden off! I can sleep on a couch too if you need me there!

April and JJ said...

Wow Tiff. I was picking up Cadence from school when we saw everyone pull up. Pretty scary. Thanks for the update. We've been praying that everything will turn out okay. I'm am also very happy to keep Jaden. 230-5965. You are in our hearts!

Brady and Gretchen said...

We love you guys so much! You are seriously one of the strongest women I have ever met and certainly an example to me. We are praying for you guys and if we can do anything more, do not hesitate.

Caprene said...

I can watch Jayden on Saturday if you need. I'm just planning on studying all day. Please call - 801-673-8704.

Welcome! said...

Tiffany!
The only good thing coming from this is to see how much love and support you have from so many friends and family. You know you have so many people waiting to help you with whatever you need
Our prayers are with you.
Love Wendy

jamirodana said...

You know I will also help with whatever you need.
Keep us posted when you can:)
We are praying for Ryan!!
I hope you have good news today:)

Jackie said...

Tiffany, I had no idea anything was going on. We will pray for Ryan to heal quickly and for you and Jayden to stay healthy and calm.

Duffin Fam said...

If you need help with Jayden or anything, please let me know. You can get through this trial and it will be stressful and tearful but you will come out even stronger than you are now and be blessed so much.

Nicole said...

Your little family is in our thoughts and prayers!

Chris and Tara said...

I'm so glad there are others around who can help you out. I can't wait until Saturday when I can be there too. We're still praying for you.

Paul*Cat*Hallie said...

Tiff you are amazing, we have been thinking of you and Ryan nonstop, lots of prayers and fasting. Please let me help with Jayders or anything else you might need...we send our love!

Chris and Joanna said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you hon. I am here as well if you need anything. We love you guys so much.

Chris and Joanna said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you hon. I am here as well if you need anything. We love you guys so much.

Stephenson and Katie said...

We love you guys tiff!!! We're praying constantly for your family... Let me know when I can watch Jayden! You know I love your comfy couch and would love to sleep on it any night so you can be at the hospital. Keep the updates coming!

Jed and Sabrina said...

I just read your post out loud with Jed and we both want you to know we are going to be praying and thinking about you guys. We are so sorry to hear this and hope it all turns out ok. We're so sad we weren't even able to see you guys before we moved...it was so quick.
Please keep your blog updated. The Sorenson's will be in our prayers.

Shawnee said...

We're thinking and praying for you guys too. :)