Well I have to say, it has been quite a week. Looking back I know I can’t believe it has already been a week from Evan’s surgery date. I know it may sound silly coming from ME that it has been a long week, considering I didn’t actually have the surgery, but I know that Evan definitely feels the same!! Now that I am back at school it has been a little harder for me to keep tabs on Evan. Our usual means of communication, talking on the phone and skyping are pretty much out of the question so we have resorted to texting. Unfortunately, Evan has been super tired and it is hard to text. I am always trying to check up on him (probably almost to the point of annoyance) and for the most I think we have been doing an alright job of keeping in contact. The other day we did even get to skype for a bit!! It was wonderful just to be able to see him and see how much the swelling has gone down already- it is quite remarkable. I may have even gotten the smallest hint of a smile out of him- which of course sent me into a small happy cry fit. I’m sure all my friends can tell you that I was so excited I told everyone here at Jefferson, and of course immediately told Brittany.

He also has told me that the recovery is really taking a toll on him. While he has been able to stop taking the pain medication (HUGE YAY) his stomach has really been bothering him so all he really has been drinking is water and apple juice. Even though I think he needs to drink things with more substance, like some ensure etc those things have been making him throw up, which is painful and annoying for him (no matter how much I think it will make him feel better if it doesn’t actually make him feel better why push the subject!) In addition to the stomachaches he had another problem today. We think he is having an allergic reaction to the antibiotic he was taking. This morning he broke out in big blotchy hives all over his body- legs, chest, neck and even his face. He was finally able to get in touch with his surgeon (took way more time than it should of I think) but his surgeon finally told him this evening that he could take some benadryl. The benadryl really knocked him out, which in a way was good, he needed some sleep, but it also made him dizzy. While the hives went away, he is left exhausted and worn out just when I think he was starting to feel a little (and I am using a little pretty loosely) better.

He is progressively getting better, the swelling is going down, pain is not too bad, and he is slowly drinking more liquids, but it is a long road to recovery. I think we are both coming into the reality that all the talking in the world about how the recovery from this major surgery would be could not have prepared us for what it actually was. While he doesn’t regret doing the surgery I think it is taking longer to see the positive outcomes from it than he originally thought it would. We all know he can do it, and even he knows he can do it, but the first week after surgery we knew would be the hardest and he is just getting over this hurdle. I am going to repeat my new favorite saying, “it will only get better from here on out!”

Sorry for my lengthy rambling post, but I think even I needed to vent a bit! Evan has also told me that looking at the computer for too long had been giving him a headache so I do think it will be awhile before he writes a post, hopefully when I go home this weekend I might be able to type one up for him or something because I know we all want to know what is going through his mind! His opinion and his experience is primarily what this blog is for, but I still want to keep everyone out there who reads this as updated as possible so I will do my best to keep writing!

Happy wednesday hump day everyone- hoping the next half of this week is better than the last!

  1. evablee says:

    Good Luck Evan! Keep your head up because it’s almost over!

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