Tough Guy

Ryan came home from his surgery on Monday and was groggy from the anesthesia. They’d dilated his other eye to do a thorough exam while he was under, so it was sensitive to the light.  He was super hungry, and wanted to eat.  He fell asleep a little early, but said he wasn’t in any pain.

Tuesday morning he was wide awake at 4am, and starving again. He said his eye hurt a bit, so I gave him the prescribed pain meds.  It turns out that what was bothering him was the tape and whatnot that they had used to hold the patch on.  At one point, he wanted to play outside, but felt the light was too bright.  Aside from that, he was acting like nothing happened.  In fact, I think he was kind of going stir crazy, and he wanted to go somewhere, anywhere.  Aaron brought him with him when he went on a few errands.

Today, I had some errands to run, so he got to come with me. We stopped for lunch and he was going crazy playing in the play area with the other kids.  It made me nervous, but he didn’t seem to have any issues.  During our errands, we also stopped by his school to pick up Dylan and he saw his teachers and they all hugged him and can’t wait until he’s back.

His doctor said he can stay out this week, but I had Aaron call and ask if he can go back earlier- this child does not resemble a kid who had surgery two days ago!  Friday morning there’s an assembly at school for the fourth quarter, and Ryan’s receiving an award, so I think I’ll send him in if he’s ready to go.

Under the patch, it’s pretty rough looking.  It’s very bruised and swollen, but even in the two days time since I took this photo, it’s gone down a lot.  He’s nervous about kids saying something at school, and I’m sure it didn’t help when Bacon said he didn’t like looking at his eye when we were changing the patch.  His cool patches from Amazon will show up tomorrow though, so I think that will help.

The picture above is from the very first patch change, and it’s already improved significantly.  They said they put an adult size implant so he won’t have to go through that part of the surgery again, yay!  Once he’s healed up he will head to the ocularist for his prosthetic.  It’s pretty cool, it’s all ‘wired’ to the muscles and whatever in there, so his fake eye will move the same as his real one.  We’re also waiting for pathology results, and if all goes well, he won’t need any further chemo at this point.

Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers, they are definitely working- this kid is so tough it’s like nothing’s happened to him!


  1. 1

    Awesome news.
    Welcome back

  2. 2
    tina m spillman says:

    My son had Lazer eye surgery. Blind in left eye.had go in fix vessel that was causing pressure go up. Has use eye drops daily. Couple days won’t be able to tell anything was done

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    Robin Hults says:

    Thank you for the update Jamie. I am praying for all of you. God bless !!

  4. 4

    What a brave dude! Thoughts and prayers are with you guys, that no more chemo will be needed.

  5. 5

    He is sooooo brave.
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