Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Still A Father to Twins...

Yesterday (1/30), we had a little bit of a scare. We thought we had lost one, or possibly both, of the babies. However, Rachel made an appointment to double check the situation and everything turned out okay.

So, to relax and calm your worried minds, we are still expecting twins and everything is still 100% okay.

Since Rachel had an ultrasound to check on the twins, we could see that they were both awake and both of them were being trouble makers (just moving their arms and legs or trying to get comfortable). It's so cool to see your own flesh and blood be these little miracles of life, yet, the only way to see them is by ultrasound. They gave us better pictures of the babies this time. Once again, I still do not have a USB cable yet to hook my scanner up to my computer. I am also waiting for Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate to arrive in the mail. That way, when I install the real version of Windows Vista on a clean slate, I will not have to re-install EVERYTHING all over again.

But don't worry. After my appointment today, and if I am able to walk without any problems or odd looks, I will go out and buy a cable. That way, hopefully soon sometime next month, there will be a blog entry with nothing but baby ultrasounds from the first one up until now!

(Updated on February 2, 2007 @ 18:13 MST)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

I Need Everyone's Help!

On Wednesday (1/31), I have to go into have one of my catheters removed (Hurray!). However, I would like to ask my doctor some questions about having the catheter removed and about the trip out to San Francisco to have surgery in March. Here is a list of questions I have thought of already:

- Are there any other doctors in Salt Lake that can perform this surgery?
- Can this doctor be flown out to SLC to perform surgery at the U of U?
- If surgery is performed in SF, how long will I have to plan to be out there?
- How long will the surgery take?
- What kind of procedures will this doctor do to fix my problem?
- Where will he cut/make an incision? Will there be scaring or deformities?
- What kind of "side effects" will there be after surgery, if any (Days, Months, Years after surgery)?
- What kind of limitations will there be after the surgery?
- How long will I be in bed after surgery?

There are also some questions I have to ask Workers Comp. For example:

- If I have to fly out to San Francisco for surgery, will Workers Comp pay for my wife's plane ticket since I will be needing medical assistance in the hotel room.
- If my wife does not want to travel out to SF with me because she is expecting, can someone else (ie. family) take her place to assist me after surgery if she does not want to go?

These are the questions I have though of. Right now, I cannot think of any more questions. This is why I am asking you to help me. If this was you in this situation, can think of any questions you would ask the doctor or Workers Comp?

Just e-mail me or click on that "Send Comments" envelope below to send me the questions you think I should ask my doctor and Workers Comp, before Wednesday afternoon. Thanks!

(Updated on January 31, 2007 @ 11:26 MST)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

It's Fun To Be An Expecting Father...

Yesterday, Rachel had a doctors appointment to have a specialist, who flies in once a month from Salt Lake to St. George to check on expecting mothers who are expecting twins or multiples, check on Rachel.

So, because I missed the first baby check-up appointment because I had to work a morning shift, and the second appointment because I was in bed because of my accident, I was finally able (and healthy enough) to go along with Rachel this time to have an ultrasound of the babies.

Speaking of accident. The lady who was doing the ultrasound on Rachel at this check-up, was the same person who did the ultrasound on me on the day of my accident. Oh, and she was not the specialist that was flown down here... Different person. If I knew what this ladies title as a doctor is called, trust me, I would be calling her that title here.

Sorry, back to my story. The doctor was scanning Rachel and was checking on "Baby B". She had the ultrasound in close enough for her to check the heart beat when we saw it move it's little arm. Rachel and I have agreed that this baby will be the trouble maker. lol

Trust me, I would have a posted the ultrasound photograph of the twins on here that was taken yesterday, but for some reason I am unable to find my USB cable that connects to my old scanner. Until I find it, you'll have to picture (in your mind) twins in an ultrasound. Mom, do you know if you happened to see it or do you know where you put it when you were cleaning my den when I was in bed because of my accident?

Updated on February 2, 2007 @ 18:22 MST

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

My Accident

Okay, I am now going to talk about my accident that happened last Wednesday, January 3rd. Just to warn you now, I am going to be using medical terms, and gory descriptions about what happened. I will try to keep it to a minimum, but if you get nauseous by even the thought of... blood, per say. Then I really think you should skip this entry and read another entry.

Please also remember that this event happened over a week ago. Since then, time has passed by so fast that has made it so I can not remember every single event, or when an event occurred. I will do my best to keep it all in line, but if it seems like something (in a timeline form) does not make sense, this would be the reason why.

Okay, here we go...

On January 3rd, I arrived to work at 7 AM and was keeping busy since I had already been there the night before. Around 8:30 AM, I had to use one of those giant movable stair ladders (about 15 feet tall) to grab a couple of items from the very top shelf in the warehouse section in the back of my work. After hopping back onto the top part of the stair case ladder, I grabbed the product and was on my way back down to place it on the 6-wheeler at the level ground. However, I must have taken a wrong step, took an extra step or misjudged where the next step was and the next thing I (guess I) remember I was trying to grab the hand rail and ended up with my legs in-between the stud that holds the railings on the stairway. Just so you know, the point from when I grabbed the product, to impact, is a blur to me. I'm sort of glad too, or else had I remembered it, I would probably be waking up in a nightmare style wake every night.

Since my groin had smacked the pole because of impact, I was automatically starting to feel the pain. It didn't knock the wind out of me, but because it hurt so bad, I couldn't scream or say "Ow!". Also after impact, I realized that I had just had a serious fall and needed to see if there was any bleeding or there was any external damage that required bandaging. I slowly moved my left leg up so I could scoot up and over so I could continue walking down the remaining 5 feet to the ground floor. I hobbled to bathroom (which was very close by) and check around the area of impact. I noticed a bruise on my right leg on the inner thigh, but no major cuts or blood. After this, I felt like I needed to go the bathroom. So I sat down and gritted my teeth as I tried to go. After I started to go, I looked down and noticed that I had urinated nothing but blood.

I now knew things had gone from a just a bruise to internal damage. So I packed the front of my underwear with lots of toilet paper, zipped up my work pants and walked to the front of the store in pain. When I reached the customer service booth, I had to lean against the stand that holds the newspapers and asked one of my managers "to have someone take me to the ER since I just had an accident".

One of the courtesy clerks (aka: baggers) drove me to the ER at Dixie Regional Medical Center. On the way to the hospital, I called Rachel and explained what had happened to me and asked her to meet me at the hospital. He pulled up to the drive up part of the ER and went in to explain the situation and then brought out a wheelchair for me to get inside easier. Got inside and started to fill out some of the paperwork while I was in the half-room that is used to evaluate people, like what had happened to me. I didn't have to wait very long before Rachel showed up and was back there with me so that we could let my co-worker get back to work.

By the time they gave me my own personal room, it was just a little after 9 AM. When they had me change from work clothes into a hospital gown, the toilet paper in my underwear was soaked and so we just ended up throwing those pair away. Not going to have to deal with washing those, I have plenty more. They examined me to see if there were any cuts that they could fix right there, but since there was none, they had to now work on seeing what was wrong with me internally. I believe the first thing they did was give me a ultrasound of my "juevos". Then they took me to see if I had cracked/damaged my pelvis by taking an x-ray.

The next test was to see what was torn inside. So I had to have a small tube inserted in my "hoo-hoo" to inject a liquid that would be picked up when they were taking an x-ray of pelvis area. They detected that I had torn my urethra, but the question was, how torn was it? So they called in a specialist to come over and to do surgery on that area. They gave me anesthesia to knock me out and then the one doctor had to use a special camera/tube to go in my penis to see what was damaged. He seen that I had literally "shredded" my urethra from the fall/accident, he had to make an incision right below my belly button to insert another tube to connect the urethra that connects from my bladder to other end so that this could fix and heal the problem.

So there is now a catheter tube coming out my penis. Also, in order to relive pressure off of the bladder, there is what is called a "super pubic" coming out of where he made that cut right below my belly button. I woke up in a new room, which is where I ended staying in for the night. Rachel, her mother and her father were my only visitors... mainly since I still don't have any close friends down here.

On Thursdays (1/4), I was told that I could be released from the hospital at anytime I wanted to. So I text messaged Rachel and told her to come over between 10AM and noon. She came over, helped me get dressed and then nurse gave us medical supplies and instructions on how to use the supplies. Rachel took me home and helped me get into bed. For the next 4/5 days, I would spend nearly 23 hours a day in our bed (the time I was out of it was when I was able to take a shower).

Rachel and I had tickets to go see Brian Regan this past Saturday up in Salt Lake, but since there was no way we could go see him, Rachel sent the tickets up to my parents in the mail over night so that my sister, her boyfriend and my brother could go see him. My parents made it down to St. George on (I believe) Friday night and helped clean up around our house since Rachel is expecting and I was unable to do anything but get food and medicines in me.

So, I have been in bed since Monday and was finally strong enough to go upstairs to watch a movie. Oh yeah, I already mentioned this to you earlier. Well, now that it is Wednesday night, I am able to walk around the house, get my own food, do a few chores... just as long as I have the bags that connect and collect my body waste (#1) where ever I go. I just got back from the doctor who did the surgery on me, and he removed the surgical staples near the "super pubic" and also said that I am still going to need to go to San Francisco to have surgery to have me heal completely, but that will not be until March. As for when I get my tubes out, the main catheter will come out in about 3 weeks. In order to relieve any type of pressure, the "super pubic" will be in longer. Hey, just as long as I am able to heal, I am willing to do whatever is needed to get the job done. Oh, as for when I go back to work, I may go back for a little while in February, but will have to stop once again in March for surgery. Then, I will be going back for good in April (says my doctor) after I have healed and I am able to lift a minimum weight limit.

Everyone who has sent their "best wishes" or have helped me in any way possible, I say Thank You. I also want to give a very big THANK YOU to Rachel, who has not had any fun doing this, but she did it anyways. Thank You sweetie, I love you so very much and I owe you big time.

(Updated on January 18, 2007 @ 16:26 MST)
(Updated on July 21, 2009 @ 16:11 MST)

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

"It's Just A Flesh Wound..." Black Knight (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

Once again, I am using my PDA to write this blog entry since it is easier to do it lying down, then to sit at the computer desk for a longer period of time to write these things out.

Anyways, the point I am trying to make here is two things;

1) I am doing much better from my last entry. I am able to walk around without the feeling of nausea or crucial pain. Rachel made me get up yesterday (1/8) to go upstairs to lie on the couch and to watch a movie... That beats lying on a bed that I have been laying on since Thursday (1/4) for almost 23+ hours a day.

Also, I am having the staples and one of the two catheters, (or possibly both -- which is unlikely), taken out tomorrow (1/10). Woo-hoo!

2) I have heard from a few of you that the video files that I uploaded of my mom and grandmother reacting to the news of Rachel and I expecting twins, do not work.

This is true, and I can't explain why. The original videos that I created for you to watch, work perfectly fine on my PC. However, after uploading them to my server (where my webpage is stored) and trying to download these videos back onto my computer (as you did yourself), it said there was an error... ?!?!?! So, I am trying something else here. Instead of having them in a QuickTime movie format, I placed the two videos on my server as a Windows Media Video format. So far, the videos seem to work. This means you will have to watch them with Windows Media Player, not QuickTime.

I have fixed those two previous blog entries so they will play the new videos. Plus, instead of you having to go looking for the videos once again, below are the links to my mothers reaction which took place on December 23rd...

...And my grandmothers’ reaction that took place on Christmas Eve.

Sorry it took me so long to fix this, but I didn't know about the problem until after my accident. I'm lucky that I am feeling better to fix this problem now, or else you would have probably had to have waited much longer had I done more damage to myself.

As for the details of what happened in the accident... Patience. I can only do so much without getting tired. But I promise you that I will post what happened in a later entry.

(Updated on: July 21, 2009 @ 10:59MST)

Sunday, January 7, 2007

I'm Doing Okay

Hey everyone, Ryan here. I'm posting this blog really quickly to let everyone know why I haven't posted in a few days and to let you know that I am doing okay.

What happened? On Wednesday morning (1/3), not even two hours into work, I had an accident that caused me to tear something really important inside. So that means that I am going to be out of work for a while. Plus, if my injury are not healed like the doctors hope on Wednesday (1/10), I am going to have to go to San Francisco in two months for more surgery.

Anyways, know that I am alive and that I am healing. Also, since I am stuck in bed 23 1/2 hours in the day time, know that I won't be posting for about another two weeks.

Oh, BIG thank you to everyone who has helped me survive these past few days and to everyone who has thought about me.

Peace Out,

Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Years

Well, it's the start of the new year, which means it's time to begin anew. Since I had a very good year last year, I wish you the very best for this year. All that I ask from you is that you pray for me for this year... and for the rest of my life!

Tristyn sent me this picture in an e-mail, and since I was desperate for a New Years picture, so here you go... lol