Surgery Photo Album

Just a quick post showing some pictures of my baby boy and the wonderful people in our lives who visited while Ryan was in the hospital for THE Surgery!


I really don’t know what I would do without the visitors, cards, texts, calls, emails, and especially my amazing friends and family through the tough times. I have been so blessed with an incredible amount of extraordinary people. I appreciate each and every one of you! 

THANK YOU…from the bottom of my heart



Now…on with the photo gallery!




 My baby boy in the ICU the night after his surgery. You can kind of see the small white tube that was in his brain laying at the top of his head on the bed.


There’s nothing like hanging out at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee with a good cartoon at any hour!


 He’s just the sweetest…isn’t he?


 I love that face!!


 Grandma knows how to get this little boy to sleep…

A nice warm blankie, a left thumb inserted in the mouth, soft touches, some awesome grandma snuggles, a little humming, and LOTS of lovin’!



This was in the EMU (Epilepsy Monitoring Unit).


Auntie Katie (and Ellie) with Ryan.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy birthday party weekend to come visit us. It meant the world to us…really!!


Uncle Jeff


Cousin Wyatt hugs are the best!!!

These two are quite the pair.

Only 2 weeks apart, they have a very special connection and bond.

I hope they always do!

(Sorry we missed your 2nd birthday party Wyatt!

Again, Ryan had other plans for us.)


Aunt Abby knows how to get this lil dude eating! 

Her excitement and enthusiasm for life and cute cuddly little baby boys is the perfect medicine for a specific little boy I know and adore.


My dear friend, Krissie. She helped be my strength, my support, and always had a hug if I needed it. THANK YOU!!


Nothing like a little buzz cut for an important surgery.

They made the cut where the spinal fluid should have been able to pass freely in the neck area. Turns out the bottom part of the brain (cerebellum) has everything to do with coordination. Could this be the reason for his lack of?


The small white tube was placed in his ventricles to measure the fluid. The other end was connected to a bag. When Ryan was moved a lot or he cried, and pressure was put on the ventricles, the fluid would come out freely…it was pretty scarey to watch.


My Happy Boy – after throwing his bottle on the floor!


Such a little man – he has all of his favorite toys, a good drink, and the remote control!




Back in the ICU!


 Our angel. My support. My second pair of ears. My friend. Through all of this, I don’t know if anything can thank you enough for all you have done for my children and I. You’ve helped me through the toughest of times in my life yet. And for that, my children thank you as I’m not as insane as I could be. With you’re help, I’ve become stronger, more pro-active, I’m a better person, and I have the courage to do what I have to for my kids and I.

We’ve laughed, cried, questioned, researched, and questioned some more together!

You’re an amazing woman and I know I don’t thank you enough.

From the bottom of our hearts, my family and I thank you for everything!


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