Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wednesday, June 4 Update

Five days have passed since my last post. Ryan is going to disown me and look for a new Uncle if I can't give more frequent updates. A lot has been going on since last Friday...let me do my best in giving you an overview of the past few days.

Saturday night's Skate for Ryan! event was a huge success. Thank you to Brittni and Team for making it happen! Shirts and Bracelets were sold. There were great prizes given away in the raffle and great pizza provided by Donatos. Ice time was donated by the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and the Chiller. All proceeds went to the Ryan Salmons Donation Fund. The one thing that was missing was Ryan...and next time he will be there with us.

Ryan's weekend progressively got better each day. Sunday and Monday were good days. He regained some appetite and was able to spend more time sitting in his chair. He spoke with strength and his spirits were definitely better. Tuesday afternoon Ryan had a second visit by Columbus Blue Jackets player Dan Fritsche. They visited for almost an hour. As soon as Ryan is able, Dan invited him to tour the Jackets locker room and weight room with him. He also shared his disappointment of not knowing about and participating in Saturday's skating event. At the next Skate for Ryan! event Dan said he would be there and he would bring some of his fellow Jackets. I am genuinely impressed with Dan's concern for Ryan...he is a class act, from a class organization.

Cancer, however, does not fight fair. Just as soon as you have a few good days, your mind starts dreading the next round. Monday through Friday this week, Ryan is receiving daily...I mean nightly (they start at 10:00 p.m.) chemo treatments. Each night this week he will have a 2-hour chemo-cocktail dripped into his body. As of this evening, Ryan was not feeling well. The physical and mental toll of the treatment is significant. Today Ryan asked me to post the following request. As a result of this week's chemo he is anticipating a difficult week. He wanted me to ask for "no visitors the rest of the week." He feels bad when people come to the hospital to see him, only to turn them away or not be able to see them because he is too sick to visit. At a minimum, I'd suggest a "call-before-you-come" request for the rest of the week.

Thank you all for your kind words of support and for all your thoughts and prayers. God Bless!


Anonymous said...

Ryan- Do not know you personally My kids attend Hilliard Davidson and Weaver Middle School. I heard about your fight and wanted to let you know I think about you and pray for you daily. Hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Hey ryan just wanted to stop by and say hello and let you know Im thinking about you and praying for you to get through this rough week. I ran into your dad tonight and he said you were not feeling well so I probably will wait to come visit you. Im sure you will be down for a scan sometime next week and hopefully I will be there when you come down. I will see you soon and please know you can get ahold of me anytime if you need anything!!!!

Lacy (MRI)

Anonymous said...

Ryan, Brad & Susan - Wanted to let you know that we are thinking and praying for you EVERYday!

Ryan, You are a true inspiration to so many people - you continue to fight and be strong - we know that you will get through this!

We'll stop in for a visit when you are up to it!

Sending you hugs and love!

The Harvey's