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Posted 2016-04-09T02:04:57Z

After Surgery-Day One

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.


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Comments (6)

  • Donna Martin
    Donna Martin

    Love you guys. My thoughts have been with you ... Every minute of this day Been waiting for u to post So glad the surgery went well And I have Faith that he will recover completely Prayers wil continue on ..... Luv Aunt Donna

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Heather Pilkinton
    Heather Pilkinton

    Ongoing prayers for you all! So glad to hear the surgery went well.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Kris Riehl
    Kris Riehl

    I get so angry when the pain meds are there for people in pain. I'm thrilled it is good now, but the misery of not getting enough pain medication was I feel, (although I'm not a doctor) was unnecessary and could have been taken control of a lot lot sooner. Prayer still flowing from all of us Riehl's and spouses and can't wait to see a photo of Matt's smiling face. Love and kisses to you all. We are one big family who all love Matt.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Kris Riehl
    Kris Riehl

    My first sentence should read " I get so angry when the pain meds are NOt there for people in pain"/

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Don Shuford
    Don Shuford

    Praying for the entire family, I understand the pain thing, mines at an 8 most of the time. Relief is coming as well as prayers.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Sherrie Saathoff
    Sherrie Saathoff

    So glad surgery went well! We are sending good vibes your way. Feel better soon friend. Love you guys!! The Saathoff family. XXOO

    3 years ago · Reply