It has been QUITE the day today. We woke up at 3am so we could check into the hospital at 5am. We filled the hospital lobby this morning with so many people who love Marty including his mom Cathy and step-dad Damon, his dad Jeff and step-mom Alice, his sister Katie and my brother Ryan. Of course, none of us (parents and siblings included) got much sleep last night, but a combination of nerves and adrenalin has kept us up today.
Marty went in for neurosurgery at 7am this morning. His procedure went very well and he was out of surgery before we knew it. Dr. O'Boynick was very pleased with how the surgery went and was very optimistic about his long-term recovery.
We had some trouble getting Marty's pain in control today. He spent much of his day with 8-scale pain that had 10-scale peaks. In his own words, "I feel like someone cut a hole in the back of my skull and then hit me with a Mack Truck." Fortunately for him, only one of those statements is true. Even still, his pain is very real and has caused quite the concern.
Cathy and I sat with him through the worst of it, all the while feeling helpless. Neither of us had ever seen him in so much pain before. Though it took many, many hours, his ICU team was able to get the right combination of medication to ease his pain and allow him to rest.
It's crazy to think that just 14 hours ago, Marty was going in for surgery. Like I said, it's been quite the day.
Please continue to keep Marty in your thoughts and prayers! Although the surgery is over, the real journey starts now as he navigates through the road to recovery.